Gardai and troops in hunt for INLA man

De­cem­ber 1983

Wexford People - - NEWS -

Wex­ford and the sur­round­ing ru­ral dis­trict has been vir­tu­ally un­der siege since the week­end as heav­ily-armed Gar­daí and troops search for INLA gun­man Do­minic McGlinchey and his gang.

The searches be­gan even be­fore McGlinchey was pos­i­tively iden­ti­fied as a front seat passenger in a car stopped by three Gar­daí in En­nis­cor­thy shortly af­ter 11 p.m. on Satur­day night.

Ear­lier in the day, de­tec­tives armed with hand­guns and sub-ma­chine guns searched all thirty-eight houses in the Wal­nut Grove es­tate near the County Hos­pi­tal.

In­cluded in the gang is a lo­cal busi­ness­man who was driv­ing the car stopped in En­nis­cor­thy. He has been on the run since then, but de­tec­tives are con­vinced he is in the Wex­ford area, hav­ing been spot­ted here on Mon­day night, some twelve hours af­ter the gang’s Dat­sun Blue­bird car was found in a river at Dolla, Co. Tip­per­ary.

McGlinchey is re­ported to have been spot­ted in a Wex­ford pub on Fri­day night, in the com­pany of the lo­cal man, and this piece of in­for­ma­tion is be­lieved to have sparked off the check of the Wal­nut Grove es­tate on Satur­day.

How­ever, the Gar­daí say they can­not con­firm this, and would only say that they searched Wal­nut Grove for ‘dan­ger­ous armed crim­i­nals’.

A spokesman at the Wex­ford Garda Sta­tion head­quar­ters also said that the pub­lic should ex­er­cise ex­treme cau­tion if they came across the gang.

‘These are very dan­ger­ous men and they are heav­ily armed with as­sorted weapons,’ he said, adding ‘one of them has pub­licly con­fessed to hav­ing taken part in thirty mur­ders’.

Road blocks were set up around Wex­ford town shortly af­ter 1 a.m. on Sun­day when the three Gar­daí kid­napped by the gang in En­nis­cor­thy man­aged to free them­selves.

Wex­ford de­tec­tives and uni­formed gar­daí were im­me­di­ately aided by troops from Kilkenny Army Bar­racks, and at first light on Sun­day, a search of eighty-three acres of for­est at The Raven, Cur­r­a­cloe, got un­der way.

Houses and hol­i­day homes in the area were also scru­ti­nised, but noth­ing was found.

Mean­while, de­tec­tives armed with sub-ma­chine guns have also been keep­ing an eye on Ross­lare Har­bour and all other har­bours in the county, in case the gang or in­di­vid­ual mem­bers try to es­cape by sea.

De­tec­tives and troops have also mounted searches of the homes of known Repub­li­can sym­pa­this­ers, and dozens of homes were vis­ited on Sun­day, Mon­day, and Tues­day.

The Garda spokesman said that the searches would con­tinue un­til there is a break­through.

The gang now on the run in­cludes a woman be­lieved to be McGlinchey’s wife Mary, who is said to be in the late stages of preg­nancy. And be­cause of that, the po­lice be­lieve the gang is prob­a­bly holed up in a house or out­house rather than an open or wooded area. There is no truth to ru­mours that McGlinchey’s wife is in the County Hos­pi­tal.

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