A prominent republican who attended at least one of the New IRA terror meetings bugged by MI5 is on the run in the Republic of Ireland.
He was referred to during a bail hearing involving Amanda McCabe, known as Mandy Duffy, the terrorists' suspected finance officer, who faces charges of membership of the dissident gang and directing a campaign of shootings and bombings. The court heard claims she had access to £45,000 for the group.
A prosecution lawyer told Belfast Magistrates Court: "One (suspect) has fled the jurisdiction to avoid prosecution."
Sunday Life understands the dissident is from Dublin and is a member of both the New IRA and its political wing Saoradh.
The former Provo prisoner is alleged to have been present at the second summit in a rented property on the Buninver Road in Omagh.
He was arrested by gardai last month in connection with the M15-led Operation Arbacia, which has seen nine suspected New IRA members remanded in custody accused of terror offences, but he has yet to be charged himself.
Alleged double agent Dennis McFadden, who sat on Saoradh's national executive, is accused by the hardline republican party of setting up its members for arrest.
The Scotsman fled his home in Glengormley on the outskirts of north Belfast in the days before they were charged and has not been seen since. McFadden leased the rural properties in Omagh and Sixmilecross, Co Tyrone, in which the New IRA meetings were staged.
Among the topics discussed were targeting, training, finance, discipline and joint ventures with Palestinian terrorists.
What the dissidents did not know was that the get-togethers were being recorded, with MI5 visiting afterwards to remove audio and visual equipment and harvesting forensic evidence.
This was referenced at a bail hearing last Friday involving Sharon Jordan, who is charged alongside husband Davy Jordan with directing terrorism. A prosecution lawyer revealed her DNA was found in the Omagh house.
Both Sharon Jordan, who the court was told has a previous terrorism conviction, and her friend Mandy Duffy were refused bail because of the serious nature of the case against them.
Operation Arbacia has left the New IRA, regarded as the most dangerous dissident grouping in Northern Ireland, floundering.
Suspected agent Dennis McFadden penetrated the organisation at the highest levels, with his deceit causing major internal arguments.
Units outside Belfast blame members within the city for giving him cover and allowing him to rise to a controlling position within its political wing.
McFadden was brought on board and promoted by convicted Provo killer Tony 'TC' Catney, who died in 2014, two years after founding the New IRA.
Thomas Mellon, who leads the terror organisation in Derry, has been scathing in his criticism of his paramilitary colleagues in Belfast.
So too have members in Lurgan and east Tyrone, who are raging at how easily they were duped by McFadden. "Mellon has been calling them bar-stool republicans who were more interested in drinking with an agent and engaging in drunken loose talk than fighting the Brits," said a source.
What has also disturbed New IRA chiefs is reports of a second agent being involved in the house bugging. A Belfast man who provided security at both meetings and drove some of those charged to the properties has yet to be arrested, sowing further seeds of suspicion.
The New IRA's leader in the city, who until recently was a member of the rival dissident group ONH, has also been the target of an internal whispering campaign.
Our source added: "This fella pushed hard for ONH to call a ceasefire and then a year later he's helping to lead an armed group?
"That raises more questions than answers."
Leaked transcripts from bugged New IRA meetings have seriously embarrassed the group, showing how its leaders ignored even the most basic security procedures.
Senior figures are heard introducing themselves by rank, with Davy Jordan allegedly describing himself as "army council chairman" and Kevin Barry Murphy (50) allegedly using the title "chief-of-staff".
Mandy Duffy's suspected role as New IRA finance officer was alluded to during her failed bail hearing last Thursday, with a prosecution lawyer describing how Davy Jordan was taped telling the meeting: "I'm sure Mandy will be able to get us £45,000."
This access to substantial funds, claimed the prosecution, was a reason for refusing bail, as was the use of a Lurgan address lived in by her partner, who, the court was told, was previously sentenced to 15 years for attempted murder.
Meanwhile, more information about alleged double agent Dennis McFadden and his earlier attempts to penetrate Sinn Fein has emerged. The Glaswegian organised regular functions in support of Celtic Football Club in several west Belfast bars attended by top Provos and was linked to the Coatbridge Republican Flute Band in his native city.
Sinn Fein sources say he was sidelined following an internal investigation after senior party figure Denis Donaldson outed himself as a state agent in 2005.
It was after this that McFadden moved with his good friend Tony Catney to the ONH-linked Republican Network for Unity faction, before settling in the New IRA.
Despite being viewed with suspicion by many within dissident circles, it was the Catney connection that allowed him to prosper, even after his pal died in 2014.
By that stage McFadden had forged good relations with other New IRA figures in Belfast and socialised with them.
The nine suspected New IRA members charged with directing terrorism as a result of MI5's Operation Arbacia bugging operation are: Kevin Barry Murphy (50), Davy Jordan (49), Damien 'DD' McLaughlin (44), Gary Hayden (48), Joe Barr (32), Shea Reynonds (26), Paddy McDaid (50), Sharon Jordan (45) and Mandy Duffy (49).
A 10th suspect, Scottish-based Palestinian GP Issam Basalat (62), is accused of preparation of terrorist acts.