Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 December 2014

Daad's trail of terror

THE self-appointed IRA death squad Direct Action Against Drugs first appeared in the mid 1990s when they gunned down Mickey "Moneybags" Mooney, 34, in a Belfast city centre pub.

THE self-appointed IRA death squad Direct Action Against Drugs first appeared in the mid 1990s when they gunned down Mickey "Moneybags" Mooney, 34, in a Belfast city centre pub.

The gang, now headed by a prominent Provo based in Ardoyne, tends to launch clusters of attacks against dealers before going back to ground.

Their other victims include:

lPaul "King Coke" Daly, shot dead in his car in Belfast city centre, in April 2001.

lChristopher "Cricky" O'Kane, 32, gunned down near his Londonderry home in April 2001.

l Gerard Patrick Quinn, 32, shot dead in Magherafelt bar in September 2000.

l Ed "Big Ed" McCoy, 28, shot dead in a Dunmurry pub in May 2000.

l Paul "Bull" Downey, 37, abducted from a Newry hotel and shot dead in June 1999.

l Brendan "Speedy" Fegan, 30, shot dead while drinking in a Newry pub in May 1999.

l Brendan "Bap" Campbell, 30 gunned down outside Planks restaurant on the Lisburn Road in February 1998.

l Sean "Webber" Devlin, 31, hit by four bullets at a house in Belfast's Friendly Street in September 1996.

lIan Lyons, 31, shot dead as he sat in a parked car in Lurgan on January 1, 1996.

l Martin McCrory, 30, shot dead in his west Belfast home in December 1996.

l Christopher "Sid" Johnston, 38, shot dead in an ambush on Belfast's Ormeau Road in December 1995.

l Francis Collins, 40, shot dead in front of his wife outside a Belfast shop, also in December 1995.

lPaul "Saul" Devine, 35, hit by four bullets at Claremont Street in south Belfast in December 1995.

lTony Kane, 29, shot dead leaving a funeral in Andersonstown, in September 1995.

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