A Real IRA bomber is a leading figure in a campaign to prevent a republican found responsible by a court for the Omagh bomb from standing trial on arms charges in Lithuania.
John Connolly (44) has spent the past week plastering parts of Fermanagh and Cavan with posters in support of Liam Campbell, who faces being extradited to the eastern European nation.
Connolly - who is now a member of Republican Sinn Fein and is believed to lead the Continuity IRA in the border area - was caged for 14 years in 2000 after being caught with a 220lb Real IRA mortar.
His friend Campbell was one of four men found liable by a civil court of causing the 1998 Real IRA Omagh bomb that killed 29 civilians and two unborn twins.
Connolly, who is from Newtownbutler, has organised several recent roadside pickets in support of the leading dissident republican.
He was also in communication with independent Fermanagh and Omagh councillor Bernice Swift minutes after she succeeded in having a motion opposing Campbell's extradition passed by a council committee last Wednesday night.
In a social media message to Connolly, she wrote: "Hello John, delighted to report my proposal to stop the extradition of Liam Campbell succeeded tonight."
Real IRA bomber Campbell replied: "Great news breaking in Fermanagh tonight. The motion put forward by independent councillor Bernice Swift regarding the extradition of Liam Campbell to Lithuania was passed tonight at the council meeting."
Cllr Swift said yesterday her opposition to Campbell's extradition was on human rights grounds and that she unequivocally condemned the Omagh bomb.
"My proposal was strictly on humanitarian grounds and focused about human rights all of which was clearly explained several times at the start of the meeting and it was on that basis alone I was seeking the support of all councillor colleagues on the same," she said.
"For all those attempting to link this proposal in any way to the Omagh bomb tragedy is disgustingly shameful."
She added: "I was contacted by several people throughout Ireland, England and the USA via social media asking how the meeting went and I responded with the same message to everyone that John Connolly received, I stand over that message. The contents as they are are a true reflection of what happened at the meeting."
She said the extradition of Liam Campbell takes no regard of the grave dangers that he will be exposed to once he is handed over to the Lithuanian authorities.
"In 2013 the Belfast Recorder's Court refused to order Liam Campbell's extradition to Lithuania on the basis that he was likely to be held in conditions which would be inhuman and degrading. Furthermore, a 2019 UN Committee Against Torture report on Lithuanian prisons expressed serious concerns about the conditions in which prisoners were held across the entire Lithuanian prison system."
The decision by Fermanagh and Omagh District council's policy committee to oppose his extradition will not be ratified by the full council after SDLP councillors who backed the original motion withdrew their support.
Donna Marie McGillon, who was among the dozens injured in the Omagh bomb, said she was "flabbergasted" that the motion could initially succeed.
She added: "That our councillors should think more about the human rights of that man (Liam Campbell) than the human rights of the people who died in Omagh, or of the human rights of people like me who have been left to live with the daily pain and suffering, leaves me dumbfounded."
Arguments over Campbell's extradition came to the fore again last month after the High Court in Dublin ruled he should be extradited to Lithuania.
The 58-year-old is facing charges of attempting to smuggle weapons from there into Ireland on behalf of the Real IRA.
Campbell has been fighting extradition attempts since his arrest in the south more than three years ago.
However, all now appears lost with a judge set to formally make the order tomorrow.
The veteran republican's supporters argue he should not be transferred on human rights grounds as Lithuanian jails have been condemned internationally for the treatment of inmates.
They also point to how his younger brother Michael Campbell had his conviction for attempting to buy arms in the country overturned in 2013. The 48-year-old spent two years in prison in Lithuania before its courts quashed the guilty verdict.
During proceedings it emerged Michael Campbell had been snared in an MI5 sting, with a judge ruling there was insufficient evidence to deny his actions had been provoked by undercover agents.