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Sun May 26, 2019, 01:26 PM

Real IRA leader who plotted royal visit attack dies in prison

Source: Irish Times

Real IRA leader who plotted royal visit attack dies in prison

Seamus McGrane (64) planned to carry out explosion during Prince Charles’s 2015 trip

about 23 hours ago
Diarmaid Mac Dermott

A Real IRA leader who plotted to carry out an explosion during the State visit of Prince Charles in 2015 has died in prison.

Seamus McGrane (64) died from a suspected heart attack while serving an 11½-year prison sentence for directing terrorism.

McGrane, who was also convicted of IRA membership during his trial in 2017, was only the second person to be convicted of directing terrorism in the State – his ally Michael McKevitt was jailed for 20 years in 2003 for directing terrorism. During his trial at the Special Criminal Court in 2017, the court was told that in the run-up to the State visit of Prince Charles two years previously Seamus McGrane discussed an operation involving explosives.

McGrane, last of Little Road, Dromiskin, Co Louth, was convicted of directing the activities of an unlawful organisation, styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Óglaigh na hÉireann, otherwise the IRA, between the dates of April 19th and May 13th, 2015. He was also convicted of membership of the IRA between January 18th, 2010, and May 13th, 2015.

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