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MI5's New IRA sting cuts head off the snake

Bugged safe houses a talking shop as leaders incriminate themselves

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Barry

Barry

House

House

Shea

Shea

Joe Barr

Joe Barr

Sitting room

Sitting room

Tony 'TC' Catney

Tony 'TC' Catney

Paddy McDaid

Paddy McDaid

Davy and Sharon Jordan

Davy and Sharon Jordan

Damien 'DD' McLaughlin

Damien 'DD' McLaughlin

Gary Hayden

Gary Hayden

Mandy Duffy

Mandy Duffy

Barry

The New IRA was told two years ago that the suspected informant who is now accused of setting up senior dissident republicans for arrest at bugged safe houses was in the pay of the security services.

They dismissed these claims because the individual, who fled his home last week prior to a series of high-profile arrests, was close to leading west Belfast republican Tony 'TC' Catney.

The convicted killer and former Provo life sentence prisoner, who died from cancer in 2014, helped form the New IRA.