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    Default Armagh Man Charged With Killing of Captain Nairac

    Kevin Crilly from Jonesborough, County Armagh appeared at Newry Magistrates Court today to be charged with the murder of British Army Captain Robert Nairac, the undercover operative whose final assignment led to a bar in Drumintee on the night of May 14th 1977. Nairac was captured and subsequently killed by members of the IRA's South Armagh Brigade. A number of men were later convicted in relation to his disappearance.

    Kevin Crilly, who recently returned to Ireland after some years in the United States, had previously faced lesser charges but these have now been substituted with a murder charge. If convicted Crilly would be eligible for release under the provisions of the Good Friday Agreement. He was released on continuing bail.

    Many questions surround the life and death of Captain Robert Nairac, foremost among them the whereabouts of his remains, which have not to date been recovered. As a search gets underway for the remains of Crossmaglen man Gerry Evans, who disappeared in 1979, is it too much to ask that mercy be shown the family of Robert Nairac?
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    He could be here



    Or possibly here



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    Quote Originally Posted by picador View Post
    Kevin Crilly from Jonesborough, County Armagh appeared at Newry Magistrates Court today to be charged with the murder of British Army Captain Robert Nairac, the undercover operative whose final assignment led to a bar in Drumintee on the night of May 14th 1977. Nairac was captured and subsequently killed by members of the IRA's South Armagh Brigade. A number of men were later convicted in relation to his disappearance.

    Kevin Crilly, who recently returned to Ireland after some years in the United States, had previously faced lesser charges but these have now been substituted with a murder charge. If convicted Crilly would be eligible for release under the provisions of the Good Friday Agreement. He was released on continuing bail.

    Many questions surround the life and death of Captain Robert Nairac, foremost among them the whereabouts of his remains, which have not to date been recovered. As a search gets underway for the remains of Crossmaglen man Gerry Evans, who disappeared in 1979, is it too much to ask that mercy be shown the family of Robert Nairac?
    By many accounts he was thrown into a meat rendering plant in Monaghan or Louth, so its going to be quite hard to show his family mercy.

    One lives by the sword, one dies by the sword, etc. Going into South Armagh as an undercover SAS soldier telling everyone your name is Mickey Og O'Paddy qualifies in my book as living by the sword.

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    Quote Originally Posted by picador View Post
    is it too much to ask that mercy be shown the family of Robert Nairac?

    No, it is never too late. Hopefully, maturity will prevail and compassion for his family will be shown.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meriwether View Post
    By many accounts he was thrown into a meat rendering plant in Monaghan or Louth, so its going to be quite hard to show his family mercy.
    That is a story Eamon Collins (whose family at least got a body, even if the coffin had to be kept closed) heard second or third hand and is not necessarily true.

    One lives by the sword, one dies by the sword, etc. Going into South Armagh as an undercover SAS soldier telling everyone your name is Mickey Og O'Paddy qualifies in my book as living by the sword.
    There is a distinction between Nairac, who is dead, and his family who are missing a loved one. My intial reaction to the news that someone had been charged 32 years after the event was that it was unnecessarily vindictive. Then I remembered the guy's family are still waiting for a body. It doesn't get much more vindictive than that!
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    Wasn't Nairac also consorting or connected with the Loyalist gang that bombed Dublin?
    He was also a Roman Catholic, showing the absurdities of some people who believe more Catholics in the Crown Forces is a positive thing.

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    No harm in retelling his story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Truth.ie View Post
    Wasn't Nairac also consorting or connected with the Loyalist gang that bombed Dublin?
    Rumours abound about Nairac's activities. None of them justify the continuing denial of his family's right to give him a proper burial.

    Quote Originally Posted by Truth.ie
    He was also a Roman Catholic, showing the absurdities of some people who believe more Catholics in the Crown Forces is a positive thing.
    His religion is totally irrelevant.
    Last edited by picador; 12th November 2009 at 07:11 PM. Reason: Catholic
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    Colin Wallace, in describing Nairac as a Military Intelligence Liaison Officer (MILO) said "his duties did not involve agent handling". Nevertheless, Nairac "seems to have had close links with the Mid-Ulster UVF, including Robin Jackson and Harris Boyle". According to Wallace , "he could not have carried out this open association without official approval, because otherwise he would have been transferred immediately from Northern Ireland" [13] Wallace wrote in 1975; Nairac was on his fourth tour of duty in 1977.

    Robin Jackson was implicated in the Dublin and Monaghan bombings of May 1974, and Harris Boyle was blown up by his own bomb during the Miami Showband massacre, in which Nairac was also alleged to have participated.

    Nairac on his fourth tour was a liaison officer to the units based at Bessbrook mill. It was during this time that he was killed.
    I find it extraordinary that this man, evidently a very loose cannon involved in a very dirty war, was killed after only an hours questioning, which was carried out in the crudest possible way.

    Would anyone have an explanation for that ?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Nairac


    I'll try answering my own question. Perhaps there was nowhere secure to hold him.
    Last edited by eyeswideopen; 12th November 2009 at 07:37 PM.

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