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Armagh Man Charged With Killing of Captain Nairac

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Kevin Crilly from Jonesborough, County Armagh appeared at Newry Magistrates Court today to be charged with the murder of British Army Captain Robert Nairac, the undercover operative whose final assignment led to a bar in Drumintee on the night of May 14th 1977. Nairac was captured and subsequently killed by members of the IRA's South Armagh Brigade. A number of men were later convicted in relation to his disappearance.

Kevin Crilly, who recently returned to Ireland after some years in the United States, had previously faced lesser charges but these have now been substituted with a murder charge. If convicted Crilly would be eligible for release under the provisions of the Good Friday Agreement. He was released on continuing bail.

Many questions surround the life and death of Captain Robert Nairac, foremost among them the whereabouts of his remains, which have not to date been recovered. As a search gets underway for the remains of Crossmaglen man Gerry Evans, who disappeared in 1979, is it too much to ask that mercy be shown the family of Robert Nairac?
 


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Kevin Crilly from Jonesborough, County Armagh appeared at Newry Magistrates Court today to be charged with the murder of British Army Captain Robert Nairac, the undercover operative whose final assignment led to a bar in Drumintee on the night of May 14th 1977. Nairac was captured and subsequently killed by members of the IRA's South Armagh Brigade. A number of men were later convicted in relation to his disappearance.

Kevin Crilly, who recently returned to Ireland after some years in the United States, had previously faced lesser charges but these have now been substituted with a murder charge. If convicted Crilly would be eligible for release under the provisions of the Good Friday Agreement. He was released on continuing bail.

Many questions surround the life and death of Captain Robert Nairac, foremost among them the whereabouts of his remains, which have not to date been recovered. As a search gets underway for the remains of Crossmaglen man Gerry Evans, who disappeared in 1979, is it too much to ask that mercy be shown the family of Robert Nairac?
By many accounts he was thrown into a meat rendering plant in Monaghan or Louth, so its going to be quite hard to show his family mercy.

One lives by the sword, one dies by the sword, etc. Going into South Armagh as an undercover SAS soldier telling everyone your name is Mickey Og O'Paddy qualifies in my book as living by the sword.
 

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is it too much to ask that mercy be shown the family of Robert Nairac?

No, it is never too late. Hopefully, maturity will prevail and compassion for his family will be shown.
 

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By many accounts he was thrown into a meat rendering plant in Monaghan or Louth, so its going to be quite hard to show his family mercy.
That is a story Eamon Collins (whose family at least got a body, even if the coffin had to be kept closed) heard second or third hand and is not necessarily true.

One lives by the sword, one dies by the sword, etc. Going into South Armagh as an undercover SAS soldier telling everyone your name is Mickey Og O'Paddy qualifies in my book as living by the sword.
There is a distinction between Nairac, who is dead, and his family who are missing a loved one. My intial reaction to the news that someone had been charged 32 years after the event was that it was unnecessarily vindictive. Then I remembered the guy's family are still waiting for a body. It doesn't get much more vindictive than that!
 

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Wasn't Nairac also consorting or connected with the Loyalist gang that bombed Dublin?
He was also a Roman Catholic, showing the absurdities of some people who believe more Catholics in the Crown Forces is a positive thing.
 

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Wasn't Nairac also consorting or connected with the Loyalist gang that bombed Dublin?
Rumours abound about Nairac's activities. None of them justify the continuing denial of his family's right to give him a proper burial.

Truth.ie said:
He was also a Roman Catholic, showing the absurdities of some people who believe more Catholics in the Crown Forces is a positive thing.
His religion is totally irrelevant.
 
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Colin Wallace, in describing Nairac as a Military Intelligence Liaison Officer (MILO) said "his duties did not involve agent handling". Nevertheless, Nairac "seems to have had close links with the Mid-Ulster UVF, including Robin Jackson and Harris Boyle". According to Wallace , "he could not have carried out this open association without official approval, because otherwise he would have been transferred immediately from Northern Ireland" [13] Wallace wrote in 1975; Nairac was on his fourth tour of duty in 1977.

Robin Jackson was implicated in the Dublin and Monaghan bombings of May 1974, and Harris Boyle was blown up by his own bomb during the Miami Showband massacre, in which Nairac was also alleged to have participated.

Nairac on his fourth tour was a liaison officer to the units based at Bessbrook mill. It was during this time that he was killed.
I find it extraordinary that this man, evidently a very loose cannon involved in a very dirty war, was killed after only an hours questioning, which was carried out in the crudest possible way.

Would anyone have an explanation for that ?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Nairac


I'll try answering my own question. Perhaps there was nowhere secure to hold him.
 
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Rumours abound about Nairac's activities. None of them justify the continuing denial of his family's right to give him a proper burial.


His religion is totally irrelevant.
You may be surprised, but I agree with you.
I never understood the logic in hiding bodies.
I've no sympathy for Nairac, but his family are innocent in the scheme of things.
 

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eyeswideopen,

Out of interest, where did you get the excerpt from?
 

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You may be surprised, but I agree with you.
I never understood the logic in hiding bodies.
I've no sympathy for Nairac, but his family are innocent in the scheme of things.
Just because we disagree on certain issues it doesn't mean I think you're inhuman!
 

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Wasn't Nairac also consorting or connected with the Loyalist gang that bombed Dublin?
He was also a Roman Catholic, showing the absurdities of some people who believe more Catholics in the Crown Forces is a positive thing.
Wasn't he also implicated in the Miami Showband murder?
 

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I wonder will we ever see members of the British army / RUC arrested by the PSNI for some historical murders of Catholics / republicans etc????
 

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Will of Nairac's former comrades be arrested for their role in the torture and murder of Peter Cleary?
 

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Nairac's family should be told if possible where his body is, unless the truth is too unpleasant for them.
They have done nothing wrong and don't deserve the punishment his death brought to them.

However he was a soldier involved in ruthless dirty tricks and spying on the enemy and was caught.
If that was a war then that is what happens to spies. Simple!

Funnily enough I remember a few years ago there was an account of the actions of British spies during WW2 in occupied France.
The Brits shot a French general that they suspected may have been an informer. Initially they pretended that they were going to move the General and his wife out of France to Britain for his own safety, they were leading him to the plane when they shot him. He had his wife with him who was totally innocent and known to be.
They shot her too as they didn't want witnesses.
The actions of the British spies was presented as unfortunate but entirely necessary and even heroic in the Sunday Times magazine article.
"This is war" the article intimated.

I have no doubt that Myers and his treacherous ilk would agree wholeheartedly with the Sunday Times magazine and also condemn Nairac's killing, but obviously Myers has a flexible morality whereby oppressors can oppress but damn the eyes of the oppressed if they dare hit back.
 

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Wasn't he also implicated in the Miami Showband murder?
According to the wikipedia link on page 1 of this thread, Ken Livingstone implicated him in the Miami Showband killings.
Former MI6 Officer, Fred Holroyd, who has no political axe to grind, claimed Nairac showed him a polaroid photo of a corpse. Nairac claimed he had killed the person in the photo. That person was killed within the 26 Counties.
There's no way he could do this without State sanction, and very possibly a blind eye turned by the 26 County Govt.
Holroyd, in his book also mentioned a Senior Garda based in the border region, known as the Badger, who helped the British, booby trap arms dumps in the South. One man died as a result. This Garda was never investigated for this allegation or the death.Not even by Garda Internal Security.
 


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