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Dissidents' bomb bids on Orange Order hall and ex-comrade

By Claire Williamson

Dissident republicans have claimed responsibility for planting a bomb which partially exploded at an Orange hall.

The device was found at the door of Carnagh Orange Hall in Keady, Armagh, at the weekend and has been taken away for examination.

Minor damage was caused to the roller shutter when the crude bomb packed inside a saucepan partially exploded.

Meanwhile, police enquiries are continuing after a report of a second device at the home of a suspected MI5 agent.

A caller claimed that the dissident group, the Irish Volunteers, which claimed responsibility for the bomb at the Orange hall, had also planted a device at a property belonging to Dermot Declan Gregory on Thursday.

Gregory is believed to be living in the Republic since he was released from prison.

A PSNI spokesman said: "We are aware of a media report of a device at a property and enquiries into the matter are ongoing."

Gregory was involved in covert surveillance operations that led to the 2012 conviction of Conan Murphy for his part in a dissident republican trailer bomb alert.

Murphy was believed to be under surveillance as a result of information provided to intelligence agencies on both sides of the border by Gregory.

Gregory had already been convicted in 2010 for his part in an alleged Real IRA gun-smuggling plot but he was moved out of Maghaberry Prison to an undisclosed location. In May 2010, Gregory handed himself over voluntarily to the PSNI in Antrim.

A few weeks later Conan Murphy was arrested during a planned raid in Co Louth.

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