UK News Cyril McGuinness alleged to have helped IRA bomb London in 1990s
Alleged mastermind of Kevin Lunney abduction dies of heart attack during police raid
Alleged mastermind of Kevin Lunney abduction dies of heart attack during police raidMob boss Cyril McGuinness died when armed police raided the property in the Derby area of England after getting the location of the secret hideout from gardai.
McGuinness, from Newbliss, Co Monaghan, is also believed to have co-ordinated the illegal dumping of waste from the republic at sites across Northern Ireland.
The Irish government agreed to pay the clean-up costs with contractors removing 4,500 tonnes of refuse from one site at Slattinagh, Co Fermanagh in 2010.
Another 10,000 tonnes of refuse dumped at another location near Trillick, Co Tyrone, was also to be removed. The operations represented phase one of plan to remove thousands of tonnes of waste from 50 illegal dumps in Northern Ireland, located mostly along the border, at an estimated cost of €30m.
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Cyril McGuinness, a suspect in an attack on businessman Kevin Lunney, was taken ill while Derbyshire Police searched a house where he was ‘lying low’.The suspect, understood by the PA news agency to be known gangster and smuggler Cyril McGuinness, was taken ill while Derbyshire Police were searching a house he was staying in in the Buxton area on Friday morning.
The Garda and PSNI believed McGuinness directed the illegal dumping racket from an office in NI using a front company, the Sunday Times reported in 2010.
McGuinness and his associates may have earned as much as €2.6m from the illegal waste operation.
McGuinness faced a seven-year prison term in Belgium for the theft of heavy plant machinery. He lost an appeal against the conviction in 2010 and extradition attempts were expected at that time.
The charges related to the theft of 23 items worth €2.6m in Belgium and Holland between 2006 and 2008. Among them were tractors and diggers which were smuggled to eastern Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
McGuinness is alleged to have been involved in the IRA’s bombing campaign in London, the Sunday Times reported. Two months after the IRA bombed Bishopsgate in April 1993, the Met issued a photofit of McGuinness, but he had gone on the run. He was reportedly no longer involved in the republican movement in 2010.
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In the book ‘Martin McGuinness from Guns to Government’ by Liam Clarke and Kathryn Johnston, the authors say that former MI5 officer David Shayler revealed in 2000 that MI5 and the Metropolitan police anti-terrorist squad had kept regular surveillance on Cyril ‘Jimmy’ McGuinness.
However the News Letter understands that McGuinness was not in fact a cousin of the former Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, though may have liked to boast that he was to ‘big himself up’.
Clarke and Johnston wrote that Shayler claimed in Punch Magazine that bungling by MI5 in 1992 allowed McGuinness to escape arrest.
“Two months after the Bishopsgate bomb in London on 24 April 1993, the Met issued a photofit picture of Cyril McGuinness, but by that time he had gone on the run to the Irish Republic.
“In November 1995, he was fined one thousand five hundred pounds for refusing to complete an embarkation card at Cairnryan ferry port.
“Shortly after the Docklands lorry bomb which had marked the end of the first ceasefire on 9 February 1996 and had killed two people, he was arrested in Britain again - bolt cutters found in his car after a police search were allegedly linked to the theft of agricultural fertiliser in the south of England. The six-foot man, who lived in a mobile home at Rosslea, Co. Fermanagh at the time, was released on police bail and returned to Northern Ireland.”
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