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    Default Gerry McCabe: Enemy of Ireland?

    Just watched a documentary about the execution of Garda Gerry McCabe in Adare in 1996. As most will remember, both Gda McCabe and his partner Gda Ben OSullivan were sitting in their parked, unmarked car escorting a postal van in Limerick. The IRA unit, with designs on robbing the postal van, rammed the Garda car from behind, jumped out and riddled the two Gardai who were still sitting in the car with AK47s. Neither Garda had drawn a weapon.

    We have all heard the line that the IRA had to engage in criminality, (bank robbery, drug running, cigarette smuggling, protection rackets etc), in order to fund 'the cause', and their supporters would accept the line that murdering policemen in the North was simply an attack on their British enemies.

    But the question I was left with having watched the documentary was, what possible legitimacy could the IRA offer for killing an unarmed Irish policeman sitting in a car in the Irish Republic? Why would they not just point the gun at him, threaten him while the robbery took place? Were they frightened of him? Or did they deliberately want to kill him, did the IRA see him as an enemy of Ireland?
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    There is some confusion as to the status of this robbery.

    Was it an IRA operation or was it IRA men 'moonlighting' ?

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    what possible legitimacy could the IRA offer for killing an unarmed Irish policeman sitting in a car in the Irish Republic?
    The police service of an illegitimate government, no doubt, or some such nonsense. THere's always a justification if you're willing to use your imagination, or indeed, to rely heavily on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruimh View Post
    There is some confusion as to the status of this robbery.

    Was it an IRA operation or was it IRA men 'moonlighting' ?
    It would appear that the murder of Jerry McCabe was sanctioned by the IRA and approved of by Sinn Fein after the fact because who will ever forget Gerry Adams vehement denial of any connection with the attempted robbery and killing of Garda Jerry McCabe to the IRA in the immediate aftermath of his murder in Adare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruimh View Post
    There is some confusion as to the status of this robbery.
    It was never intended as a robbery - it would have taken all of 20 seconds to rifle the post office truck of the money it was carrying - the IRA unit never even looked at the truck, never mind attempt to rob it. The attack was designed and carried out as an assassination attempt.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cruimh View Post
    Was it an IRA operation or was it IRA men 'moonlighting' ?
    Yes it was an IRA operation - there was some splits in the IRA at the time over the strategy of Adams and McGuinness, so while some people in authority knew about the attack it may not have been officially sanctioned. This operation had a two-fold purpose - 1. send a meesage to the local cops to stop harrassing local republicans - 2. send a warning shot across the bows of Adams and McGuinness that they could not take the IRA active service units for granted.

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    And remember there were efforts to release his murderers under the GFA. Witnesses were intimidated not to give evidence- hence the manslaughter conviction. And remember the way Ferris tried to influence their release. He was there the day of their release and blocked journalists from pursuing them by parking his van on a narrow road. And who was in command of the southern region at the time of this killing I wonder. They got every facility in jail, were let live in the bungalows in Castlerea, cook their own meals, have Chinese takeaways delivered, have "visits" from their women folk etc. All for political prisoners who killed a servant of this state. It was no moonlighting job, otherwise the IRA under Adams and Ferris would have dumped on them and probably knee- capped them

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    They do not recognise the Irish state .

    This was a solo act . We had already accepted the unconditional surrender of the PIRA.

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    And the result was every provo in the limerick/cork/kerry area was rounded up, and charged with membership. Unusually, when charged, many provos admitted involvement and pleaded guilty. In effect it ended provo activity in the 26 counties.(apart from activity within prison walls).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ALAN42 View Post
    They do not regonise the Irish state.
    But they're in the Dail!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruimh View Post
    Was it an IRA operation or was it IRA men 'moonlighting' ?
    It does not matter, they are all criminals who were dedicated to the violent overthrow of the Irish state. They were also dedicated to expropriating others property through theft. You see it was murderous acts like Adare that showed that the brave boys of the IRA were common criminals.
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