RIRA: “AVREMMO POTUTO UCCIDERE LA REGINA, MA LA SUA VITA NON VALE QUELLA DI UN VOLONTARIO”
We could have killed the Queen on Ireland visit, claim Real IRA (Daily Mirror)
THE Real IRA last night claimed they planned to kill the Queen when she visited Ireland.
But they called off an assassination attempt on the Queen because they did not believe her life was worth one of their volunteers being jailed.
In an astonishing interview with the Irish Daily Mirror the Dublin leadership of the dissident group claim they met to plot the killing and were confident they could pull it off.
A spokesman said: “We considered killing the Queen. We could have managed to carry out a successful attack but it wouldn’t have been feasible to get away.
“The streets were lined with gardai and secret service.
“Any volunteer would have been caught and locked up for life.
“A volunteer’s life is not worth the life of the Queen.”
There were massive security fears ahead of the visit of Queen Elizabeth II last year. Thousands of gardai and army personnel were drafted in to safeguard her time here from May 17 to 20.
The entire operation to police the visits of the Queen and US President Barack Obama cost €36million.
Gardai feared, above all others, that the Real IRA would attempt to carry out an attack on the British monarch when she travelled here.
The revelations prove the concern was completely justified. It also shows the ring of steel put in place thwarted the group’s plans.
The organisation, which refers to itself as the IRA, yesterday insisted it now has the firepower capable of launching a major assault.
Among the deadly arsenal weapons are rocket-propelled grenades and encrypted bombs.
A spokesman said: “The gardai can count themselves lucky that she wasn’t attacked.
“It could have been very embarrassing.”
The group branded the four-day visit “disgusting” and defended their decision to lead a number of violent protests in the capital.
Senior members of the controversial gang were spotted leading demonstrations in the capital and Cork.
The spokesman said: “The so-called pillars of society were fawning over her but the streets of Dublin were empty.
“The Cork Brigade did carry out a grenade attack and members in Dublin organised in assisting youths in rebelling on the streets. The IRA mobilised the youths. The public protest showed that there were numbers on the streets willing to oppose the visit.”
The Dublin branch of the secretive organisation had an extremely busy year in 2011.
As well as the threats against the Queen’s visit the group is suspected of carrying out the September murder of international drug smuggler Michael “Micka” Kelly and a separate bomb attack on Garda informer Paddy Dixon last August.
The group have been accused of extorting cash from drug dealers and have also fallen out with rival dissident groups.
Despite this the RIRA claim they are more popular than ever and have plenty of support.
The spokesman said: “This year has been our best so far and we have had significant numbers of people joining our organisation.
“We have a young base but we also have a good number of former Provos.
“We wouldn’t put a number on our membership because we can’t know, but we are the strongest republican group in Ireland and definitely in the south.
The group claimed that teachers, mechanics and students all signed up in the last year. It is widely believed that the RIRA are bankrolling their bloody actions through extortion rackets.
But the Dublin branch rubbished these claims and said they fundraise through traditional Republican methods.
The spokesman added: “We have a lot of money spinners. We fundraise from fuel smuggling, cheap DVDs and cigarettes.
“We also use a lot of the same fundraising that has been used in the past. We do not tax drug dealers. If you tax them then you are as bad as them.”
Asked if the group sees any hypocrisy in criticising drug dealers while they sell illegal cigarettes, a member said: “There is a qualitative difference between cigarettes and drugs.
“The working class can’t afford cigarettes so we are meeting the needs of the community.
“Nobody is being pressured into buying the cigarettes.”
The Real IRA recently admitted bombing two banks in the North as well as the UK City of Culture office in Derry.
The spokesman said: “Such attacks are an integral part of our strategy of targeting the financial infrastructure that supports the British government’s capitalist colonial system in Ireland.
“The impetus to carry out this type of attack is directly linked to pressure from working-class communities in Ireland as a whole.”
The Dublin brigade said they agreed with the strategy but hadn’t extended the policy to this side of the border yet.
The spokesman added: “At the moment we don’t envision it happening here.
“We do however recognise that there is a tolerance for action against banks.
“Bankers are guilty of crimes against the working classes.
“We would encourage working class people to get out and organise civil disobedience.”
10,000 kept monarch safe
GARDAI have dismissed suggestions this deadly gang could have broken the ring of steel thrown around the Queen during her historic visit.
Some 10,000 officers and soldiers were involved in the largest security operation in the history of the State last May.
A security source said: “Gardai from the outset made it clear that this wasn’t just your average event. This was an unprecedented security operation when it came to scale and size.
“Gardai laid their cards on the table from the very start and every service was used to ensure the safety of those visiting.
“The fact that there were no major incident is proof that this was a successful operation.”
The senior security source said: “All those north and south of the border who needed to be watched were watched throughout the visit to ensure that nothing kicked off.”
Gang couldn’t get Elizabeth
A TOP security expert has poured cold water on the Real IRA’s claims they could have killed Queen Elizabeth II.
However, former Army captain Tom Clonan said the dangerous group had the capacity to launch a disruptive strike.
He added: “I do not believe this gang have the capacity to carry out a pinpoint murder or an attack.
“However, what they could have done was place a car bomb along the route designed to explode at a specific time.”
Dr Clonan is a former army officer with experience in the Middle East and the former Yugoslavia.
Since his retirement he has spent several years researching dissident groups like the RIRA.
“From my research I have found that these guys are committed, they are not a criminal outfit who are looking after their own interests.
“They have beliefs that they stand for and this makes them a serious and credible threat to the State.
“They are more predictable than the last crowd.”
Giant arsenal in their hands
THE Real IRA is building up a deadly arsenal of weapons capable of causing mass mayhem and death.
Describing their deadly arsenal the Dublin leadership said: “We have good engineering units that are able to develop weapons.
“We have rocket propelled grenades, electronic detonated bombs, mercury volt switch bombs, remote bombs that are encrypted, light machine guns, heavy machine guns and assault rifles.”
The RIRA claimed that they have an effective network transporting weapons across the border.
They say that this is controlled by so-called “unknown volunteers”.
The gang said: “We are not having our weapons seized unlike other groups.
“Our supply network from the south to the north is very strong and has not been broken.
“These volunteers have no previous history they have no Facebook pages and there would be only one person from the organisation who would deal with the unknown volunteers.”
Analysis: Pat Flanagan
THE Real IRA claim to be republicans but they are not.
They are a bunch of criminals who believe they can bring about a united Ireland with extortion rackets and fuel-laundering scams.
While the Provisional IRA could claim some degree of public support this group cannot.
They have no more than a few dozen members and have been linked to numerous murders and shootings.
They represent no one but a small group of gangsters who are more interested in racketeering then republicanism. These are the same patriots who love their country so much they pollute rivers and streams along the Border with toxic chemicals left over from their diesel laundering rackets.
Not alone do they have no respect for the law, they have nothing but contempt for the democratic will of the Irish people. The Queen was a guest in our country and her visit redefined the relationship between Ireland and Britain.
When the Monarch laid that wreath at the Garden of Remembrance to honour Ireland’s patriot dead, it marked the end of one era and the opening of another.
The old animosities disappeared for ever and two good neighbours became two good friends. To have exploded a bomb during the Queen’s visit would have been an outrage which would have killed and maimed innocent people and shamed Ireland in the eyes of the world.
But causing death and destruction is the aim of this organisation as it would benefit their racketeering operations.
The vast majority of Irish people hope for a bright future this group must not be allowed to drag the country back to a bloody past.