An alleged IRA man and convicted drug dealer has been kicked out of the dissident republicans' E3 landing in PortlaoiseEAMON McNamee (32), who was sentenced to five years in jail over a major drugs haul, is one of eight men charged at the Special Criminal Court with membership of the IRA on Easter Sunday.
IRA kicks heroin dealer off its landing in prison - Herald.ie
This is quite incredible - either this alleged splinter group are up to their necks in the Drugs Game or are wide open to infiltration.
Of course this is all alleged & there may not have been any splinter group & all are innocent until proven otherwise.
If any of those remanded are in fact convicted - what would it say about this group of Dissenting Republicans?
Are they just well meaning lost souls who should be talked in from the cold & persuaded to go political.
Are they just hoodlums?
The worst case scenario is that they are a mixture of both - that would make it harder for many people to stomach dealing with them.
This incident seemed to pop up at an unfortunate time for the Irish Economy & Eurozone Crisis.
The last thing we need now in the middle of this Economic mess is a re-invigorated IRA Grouping.
Fair play to anyone who plays a latter day John Hume - I'd talk to them tomorrow if it could save lives.