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Tuesday 23 December 2014

Murderer: I didn’t mastermind riots

Flashpoint: Police are confronted by rioters at Ardoyne shops during a third night of rioting this week
Flashpoint: Police are confronted by rioters at Ardoyne shops during a third night of rioting this week
Trouble at Ardoyne shops in north Belfast. Trouble flared in the build up to the parade passing the shops on its way back from the main Belfast march.
Police came under sustained petrol bomb attack in the Ardoyne area of North Belfast for the second night running
Police came under a hail of petrol bombs during a sustained attack in the Ardoyne area of North Belfast for the second night running
Police came under a hail of petrol bombs during a sustained attack in the Ardoyne area of North Belfast for the second night running
Police came under a hail of petrol bombs during a sustained attack in the Ardoyne area of North Belfast for the second night running
Burnt-out vehicles serve as a reminder of the ferocity of the violence in Ardoyne on Monday night as the clean-up operation took place in the streets of north Belfast yesterday
Burnt-out vehicles serve as a reminder of the ferocity of the violence in Ardoyne on Monday night as the clean-up operation took place in the streets of north Belfast yesterday
Disturbances in North Belfast, July 13, 2009
Disturbances in North Belfast, July 13, 2009
Disturbances in North Belfast, July 13, 2009
Disturbances in North Belfast, July 13, 2009
Disturbances in North Belfast, July 13, 2009
Disturbances in North Belfast, July 13, 2009
Disturbances in North Belfast, July 13, 2009
Disturbances in North Belfast, July 13, 2009
Disturbances in North Belfast, July 13, 2009
Disturbances in North Belfast, July 13, 2009
Disturbances in North Belfast, July 13, 2009
Disturbances in North Belfast, July 13, 2009
Disturbances in North Belfast, July 13, 2009
Disturbances in North Belfast, July 13, 2009
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2009 - Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye - Trouble at Ardoyne shops in north Belfast. Trouble flared in the build up to the parade passing the shops on its way back from the main Belfast march. Police pictured at the shops.
Disturbances in North Belfast, July 13, 2009
Disturbances in North Belfast, July 13, 2009
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2009 - Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye - Trouble at Ardoyne shops in north Belfast. Trouble flared in the build up to the parade passing the shops on its way back from the main Belfast march. A rioters take shelter as the police water canons move in.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2009 - Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye - Trouble at Ardoyne shops in north Belfast. Trouble flared in the build up to the parade passing the shops on its way back from the main Belfast march. A rioter attacks a police water canon.
A firework explodes in front of a police line as trouble flared at the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast last night

A republican who served a 16-year sentence for murdering a teenager has said he was not behind the rioting that rocked north Belfast over the past week.

Tony ‘TC’ Catney flatly denied that he masterminded the Real IRA terror group that pulled the strings during the clashes between hooded youths in Ardoyne and the PSNI, which mirrored the worst days of the troubles.

Catney, brother-in-law of Sinn Fein junior minister Gerry Kelly, told the Sunday Life he was being smeared by the party after claims by republicans and security sources that he was the top Real IRA man in Belfast.

Catney was convicted for the 1974 murder of Protestant Maurice Knowles — who at 17 was a year older than his killer — on the shores of Belfast Lough. He was released in 1990 and became Director of Elections for Sinn Fein from 1993-2003. But he was sidelined because of his opposition to the Good Friday Agreement.

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