RETIRED CHIEF CONSTABLE TO REPORT ON ALLEGED COLLUSION INVOLVING GLENANNE GANG ACTIVITIES

6 December 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

LOYALIST GROUP SUSPECTED
OF INVOLVEMENT IN MONAGHAN
AND DUBLIN BOMBINGS

Michael Fisher

A former senior British police officer is to investigate a number of atrocities during the Troubles, including the Monaghan and Dublin bombings in 1974 and the attack on members of the Miami Showband. Retired Bedfordshire Chief Constable Jon Boutcher, who investigated the activities of the alleged IRA informer, Stakeknife, has been asked to lead the inquiry into the activities over forty years ago of the ‘Glenanne gang’, a group of loyalist paramilitaries based at a farm in Co. Armagh.

Mr Boutcher has agreed to carry out what is described as an analytical report on collusion between some members of the security forces and loyalist paramilitaries, who were linked with over 100 murders, mainly in the Tyrone and Armagh areas, in the 1970s and 80s. The Glenanne group was suspected of involvement in up to ninety attacks, including the Monaghan and Dublin bombings on 17th May 1974 in which 33 people and an unborn child died and over 250 were injured, and the killing of members of the Miami Showband the following year.

There have been consistent allegations that loyalist paramilitaries from the UDA and UVF had direct links to elements of the RUC and UDR in Northern Ireland. In a statement Mr Boutcher said: “The review of the Glenanne Gang Series will have the interests of the victims, and their loved ones at its very heart. I have started to meet with the families and their representatives, and have promised each of them that I will do everything I can to establish the truth about who was responsible for these terrible crimes. For the families that especially means finding out about what, if any, assistance was given to the Glenanne Gang by others in any manner whatsoever, and that will include whether people turned a blind….

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