'On-the-run' republican defends role as school principal just 10km over Irish border
A 'on-the-run' republican who is wanted in Northern Ireland on firearms charges has defended his role as principal of a primary school just 10km from the border.
For more than a decade, Owen Carron has worked as a principal in two separate national schools in Co Leitrim, while there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest just miles away.
Mr Carron, from Enniskillen, fled Northern Ireland in 1986 after he was charged with possession of an AK47 which was found in the back seat of his car.
Mr Carron, who was also the election agent for Bobby Sands and an MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone, said that his past had never been an issue for parents at the school.
"Why would it be an issue?" he said. "I have the 100% support of the parents.
"I am a fully qualified teacher and my school has been reviewed by the department."
The Board of Management and Parents' Association of his current school, Carrigallen National School, also defended his appointment and insisted they supported him.