Seamus McGrane Biography
Seamus McGrane (died 2019) was an Irish dissident republican and leader of the Real Irish Republican Army.
In 2017, McGrane was sentenced to 11 and a half years in prison for directing terrorism and being a member of an illegal organization. McGrane had planned a bomb attack in 2015 during Prince Charles’ visit to Ireland.
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Sixty-four-year-old Seamus McGrane, who was sentenced to 11-and-a-half years in prison in 2017, died on Saturday.
He was a leader of the Real IRA – a group responsible for numerous atrocities including the Omagh bomb.
The Irish Prison Service said no foul play was suspected in relation to his death.
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“As with all deaths in custody the Prison Service, the Inspector of Prisons and An Garda Síochána will be investigating the incident,” a spokesperson said.
McGrane was arrested six days before the planned attack.
Searches related to the plot were then conducted at McGrane’s home in Dromiskin and an adjoining property at the back of his house, as well as at a house at Harbour Court in Courtown, Co Wexford, and a locker at Maynooth University.
The court heard that a significant amount of explosive substances was found at McGrane’s house. Detonators, ammunition and mortars were among the objects recovered.
The target of the attack, the trial was told, was to be the Cross of Sacrifice, a monument in Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin commemorating British and Irish soldiers who fought in the first World War.
During his trial at the Special Criminal Court in 2017, the court was told that Seamus McGrane discussed an operation involving explosives in the run-up to the State visit of Prince Charles two years ago.
Cause of Death
Seamus McGrane (64) died from a suspected heart attack while serving an eleven and a half years prison sentence for directing terrorism.
Sad to confirm that ONH leader Seamus McGrane has passed away while imprisoned at Portlaoise prison for his part in the cause of national liberation. Fuair sé bás ár son na hÉireann. Sympathies to his comrades, friends and family.
— Irish Republican News (@repnews) May 25, 2019