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Saoradh press conference at Junior McDaid House Derry.  Left to right. Barry Millar, Thomas Mellon, Mark Canning, Jude Macrory, Hat Tiernan McFadden, (sitting) Joe Barr.

Saoradh press conference at Junior McDaid House Derry. Left to right. Barry Millar, Thomas Mellon, Mark Canning, Jude Macrory, Hat Tiernan McFadden, (sitting) Joe Barr.

Thomas Ashe Mellon (left, wearing the army jacket holding the Zack Smith sign)

Thomas Ashe Mellon (left, wearing the army jacket holding the Zack Smith sign)

Charged: Gary Hayden

Charged: Gary Hayden

Saoradh press conference at Junior McDaid House Derry. Left to right. Barry Millar, Thomas Mellon, Mark Canning, Jude Macrory, Hat Tiernan McFadden, (sitting) Joe Barr.

New IRA chief Thomas Mellon did not attend meetings of the terror gang bugged by MI5 because he was in a huff over his treatment following the murder of journalist Lyra McKee.

His petulance appears to have saved him, with Derry dissidents Gary Hayden (48) and Joe Barr (32) charged with taking part in the summits organised by double agent Dennis McFadden.

Both men are behind bars accused of directing terrorism alongside seven other alleged New IRA members.