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Irish government lobbied over bugging of activist linked to ceasefire group

Tracking and listening device discovered under the car of a man in Co Carlow. Picture Hugh Russell



LEGAL proceedings are to be launched against An Garda Siochana, after a sophisticated tracking device was discovered under the car of a member of Republican Network for Unity in Carlow.

The political group would be considered close to the thinking of Oglaigh na hEireann (ONH), who called a ceasefire in January 2017.

At the time in a statement to the Irish News ONH said:”The leadership of Oglaigh na hEireann are announcing that with immediate effect we will suspend all armed actions against the British state”.

The ceasefire is though to have came about following a lengthy period of debate within the group and was endorsed at the time by both the British and Irish governments.

Formed with a number of former senior members of the Provisional IRA, ONH was at one time the most active of the dissident groups, however, has maintained the ceasefire with no reported breaches since the announcement.

The man, who did not want to be named, found the GPS tracking and listening device, hidden in the undercarriage of his family car earlier this month.

He drove the car across the border to Northern Ireland where the device was removed and handed over to his solicitor Peter Corrigan of Phoenix Law.

Shortly after this a gardaí armed response unit arrived at the man’s house and said they needed to remove his car in connection with an ongoing investigation.

The man was told it would be taken to a garda station that was around a 30 minute drive from his house for examination.

However, after 20 minutes later the car was returned and the man told that it was no longer needed. He was not arrested and no other items were removed.

Eadhárd Ó Cuinn, national chairperson of RNU, said questions should be asked as to why their members were still under such “intrusive” forms of surveillance.

“This man is a member of a completely legitimate and legal political group”, he said.

“While members of RNU would have been subject to aggressive and intrusive surveillance in the past, we were told the justification at that time was a ‘security’ one.

“The man in question is new to RNU and is simply keen to involve himself in community enhancing work.

“There is no security risk from our members, we’ve made our position clear on that and you don’t need to take our word for it, it has been widely politically recognised.

“What we have here are people trying to justify their existence by intruding on the privacy of Irish citizens without any justification”, he added.

Peter Corrigan of Phoenix Law said they would be issuing proceedings in the Republic for breach of privacy. “This man is entitled to a private family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights and we will be issuing legal proceedings on those grounds”.

A spokesperson for An Garda Síochána said they “would not be in a position to comment”.

With many thanks to: The Irish News and Allison Morris for the original story

Republican Network for Unity, RNU to step up ‘process of modernisation’

A hardline republican party RNU which previously indicated a possible end to Óglaigh na hÉireann’s paramilitary campaign has said it is stepping up its “process of modernisation”.

Prominent north Belfast republican Ta Cosgrove made the comments at a Republican Network for Unity (RNU) commemoration last weekend.

The party is viewed as the political wing of Óglaigh na hÉireann (ONH), which earlier this year said it is engaged in a “wide ranging discussion about tactics, strategy and the future of the republican struggle”.
Sources close to the organisation said that while no announcement has been made, it is currently on a “de facto ceasefire” while internal discussions take place.

ONH emerged from a split within the Real IRA around a decade ago.
It is believed the last significant attack carried out by the group was in January when a roadside bomb left for the PSNI in Poleglass, on the outskirts of west Belfast, was defused by the British army.
The comments from ONH followed an earlier statement from RNU signalling a shift in strategy, which was read out at an Easter commemoration in north Belfast.
It is understood several people have resigned from the party since then.

Mr Cosgrove, who is a former republican prisoner, spoke at a commemoration to mark the 60th anniversary of five republicans killed in a premature explosion at Edentubber, Co Louth in 1957.
He said the “RNU family” has continued to debate “both internally and with our critical friends” and “the future of our movement has been the subject of intense activity”.
The movement, he said, has assessed its “strengths and weaknesses” and recognises “that we must move forward now – procrastinate any longer will only lead to division and uncertainty”.
“The coming weeks and months will see a gear change in our process of modernisation that was spoke of at Easter.
“Today we ask you here, and members and supporters unable to attend and to the wider republican base, to begin with us the debate around a republican movement that is credible, realistic and modern.
“In time those determined to advance the revolutionary republican position will attest to our reshaped movement and renewed direction.”

With many thanks to: Connla Young, The Irish News for the original story.







Support the POW’s/Anti Internment Protest

19 November · 13:00 – 14:00



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The Republican Network for Unity will be holding a protest on the 19th of November, outside the GPO in Dublin, to highlight the ongoing internment of republican prisoners and the POWs situation in Magheberry Gaol.As it stands, Republican POWs continue to languish in a British Gaol on a “dirty” protest. They continue to be locked up for 23 hours per day by their handlers, they get one 4 minute phone call per day (staff levels p…ermitting) They are forced to endure inhumane living conditions while their cells are covered with maggots and blowflies.Anne Owers report had 40 recommendations, number 8 was that the prison service acknowledge that strip searching is intrusive and oppressive and that the “Northern Ireland Prison Service” (NIPS) should implement a pilot scheme of the “Portlaoise model” to help end the protest. We as republicans should intensify our efforts and lobby people hard to have the protest ended by demanding the implementation of recommendation 8 of the report!Please come along and show your support for the protesting prisoners, and those who remain unjustly interned in oppressive Gaols.

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