Can someone from Fine Gael confirm or deny if this convicted terrorist is still a member of their Party and if so is there any truth to the rumor he is working to establish a FG branch in the Republican wing of Portlaois Prison?
In a shocking development the Special Criminal Court recently convicted and sentenced a Fine Gael member & activist of membership of the Real IRA.
Gerard Varian (aged 46), was convicted along with four others of membership of the Real IRA by the Special Criminal Court in May 05. Varian the Court heard was part of a Real IRA active service unit in Cork City and also worked closely with the Leadership of the Real IRA in Munster.
Varian was the only one of the four to have a character witness give evidence on his behalf, one of whom was former Lord Mayor of Cork Joe OCallaghan, who testified under oath to the Judges of the Special Criminal Court that Gerard Varian joined the JJ Kelly Branch of Fine Gael in Cork North Central in 2003. Where he assisted him in being selected as a FG candidate for the 04 Local Elections.
Extract from The Phoenix 01/07/05