Real IRA leader jailed for plotting bomb attack during Prince Charles visit

Real IRA leader Seamus McGrane has been jailed for eleven and a half years for plotting a bomb attack during the visit of Prince Charles to Ireland.

The 63-year-old, with an address at Dromiskin in Co. Louth, was arrested after being put under Garda surveillance in early 2015.

As part of a surveillance operation on Seamus McGrane, a snug in a pub near Dublin airport was bugged and he was recorded orchestrating what he referred to as a “military operation of significance” for May 19th 2015 – a date which coincided with the visit of Prince Charles.

Explosives and bomb-making equipment were found during searches at his house in Co. Louth and other locations. J Isobel Kennedy described the recordings as “the clearest evidence of directing an illegal organisation” and she jailed him for eleven and a half years today.

A letter from Fianna Fáil TD Eamon Ó Cuív was read out as part of McGrane’s mitigation. In it, he expressed his opinion he was fully supportive of the peace process but the court decided that opinion was unconvincing in light of McGrane’s history.