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Detectives question Dundalk man about IRA attack 60 years ago

Detectives question Dundalk man about IRA attack 60 years ago

Detectives from the North have questioned a veteran Official IRA member in his Dundalk home about an attack on the B Specials almost 60 years ago.

Mick Ryan was a leading figure in the IRA’s border campaign of the 1950s and was at one time the organisation’s ‘director of operations’.

According to a report in today’s Irish News, the approach to Mr Ryan (pictured above) represents the oldest investigation launched in relation to historical republican activity.

IRA activities along the border in the late 1950s have not been subject to historical investigation.

Originally from Dublin, Ryan, now aged in his eighties, lives in Dundalk with his wife. He spent a year interned at the Curragh camp in the 1950s and returned to IRA activity upon his release. After the split in 1969, during which the Provisional IRA was formed, he remained with what became known as the Official IRA, holding leadership positions.

On Tuesday two detectives, members of An Garda Síochána, called to Ryan’s Dundalk home saying they were making inquiries on behalf of the PSNI.

He spoke briefly to the men who asked questions about matters including the IRA attack at Ballsmill in 1959.

In his book, My Life in the IRA – The Border Campaign, published by Mercier last year, Ryan gives a detailed account of his life in the republican movement.

The book is described as “not an apology” but a “heartfelt description of the hardship, frustration and near-constant disappointment” of what quickly became a “hopeless cause”.

Read the full story here.

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