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(File image) Dominic Óg McGlinchey claims the state has not complied to ensure that effective investigations were carried into his parents' unsolved murders. Alamy Stock Photo
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Son of murdered INLA figures claims state failed to investigate their killings

McGlinchey claims requests to be updated on the murder probes have not been replied to in any meaningful way.

A SON OF slain Republican figures Dominic and Mary McGlinchey has brought High Court actions where he claims the State has failed to properly investigate his parents’ murders.

Dominic Óg McGlinchey claims that the Irish state has not complied with its constitutional obligations to ensure that effective investigations were carried out into his parents’ unsolved murders during the troubles.  

Dominic McGlinchey Snr, who was Chief of Staff of the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) in the 1980s after he left the Irish Republican Army, was shot dead by two gunmen after making a call from a phone box at Hardmans Gardens Drogheda, Co Louth on 10 February 1994. 

Known as ‘Mad Dog’, McGlinchey led the INLA during the Troubles when they committed several atrocities and murders, resulting in the Co Derry native’s imprisonment both North and South of the border. 

Mary McGlinchey, who was also involved with the INLA, was murdered on 31 January 1987, in her home in Dundalk, Co Louth. She was bathing her children when two balaclava-clad gunmen entered her house. 

After she pleaded with her attackers not to kill her in front of her young children, she was forced into the bathroom and shot nine times in the head neck and chest. 

In his action, Dominic Óg claims that neither murder was ever properly investigated by the State and, in relation to his father’s murder, he believes that several lines of inquiry that were open to investigations were not followed. 

He claims that nobody has ever been charged, convicted or arrested in connection with his parents’ killing, and no cross-border co-operation occurred in relation to the killings. 

These include an allegation that the murder was possibly carried out by Loyalist Billy Wright, who himself was murdered in the Maze Prison by a INLA prisoner who smuggled a gun into the facility 1997. 

Wright, who was leader of the LVF and known as ‘King Rat’, is also believed to have been behind a failed attempt to kill the applicant’s father in June 1993, two months after he left prison.

Other lines of inquiry allegedly not followed includenthat McGlinchey senior was killed because he was investigating an alleged money laundering link between the Loyalist UVF and a corrupt IRA unit in Dublin. 

A further line allegedly not followed is that McGlinchey Snr was killed by the IRA or agents of the UK government because it was known he would not abide by the terms of a ceasefire between those parties announced a few months after his murder. 

He also claims that the Gardaí have lost or do not have available the investigation file into her murder. In his mother’s case, McGlinchey claims that lines of inquiry that were open to the Garda were not followed up.

These include that his mother was murdered by Loyalist Terrorists, in collusion with agents of the British and Northern Irish security forces, due to tensions between those entities and the INLA during the troubles.

He also believes that his mother’s killing could also have been related to “a shoot to kill policy” he claims the then RUC Special Branch had been engaged in against known Republicans.

That alleged policy had been the subject of an investigation by former British Senior Police Officer John Stalker in the 1980s.

He says that the killing could have been linked to in-fighting in the INLA or as revenge for the murders of two men, Eamonn McMahon and Patrick Mackin by the INLA. 

While the matters were re-opened in 2012, and McGlinchey has had meetings with the Gardaí in respect of the investigation, he claims that his requests to be updated on the murder probes have not been replied to in any meaningful way.

As a result, McGlinchey, with an address in Tuam, Co Galway has brought two separate judicial review proceedings against the Commissioner, the Minister for Justice, Ireland and the Attorney General.

Represented by Ronan Munroe SC, instructed by solicitor Ciaran Mulholland, McGlinchey seeks various orders and declarations in each of his actions.

These include declarations that the respondents have failed to comply with their obligations under the Irish Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights to ensure that effective investigations into the murders occurs.

Their son, who is the only surviving member of his family, also seeks orders from the court directing the respondents to perform their duties and conduct proper investigations into the killings. 

He seeks an order directing the respondents to investigate the reasons behind the loss of the file into the investigation into the murder of Mary McGlinchey.

He further seeks a declaration that the respondents failed to comply with the duty to protect Dominic McGlinchey Snr’s life between June 1993, when an attempt was made on his life to the time of his murder in 1994.

The cases came before Justice Niamh Hyland today. The judge on an ex-parte basis, granted McGlinchey permission to bring both of his actions against the respondents, and made a series of directions in the case regarding the exchange of legal documents. 

The cases will return before the High Court when the new legal year commences in October.

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Aodhan O Faolain