UK news Bernard McGinn: IRA sniper offered case full of cash by spymasters, book claims last news
MetiNews.Com - A book detailing the intelligence services infiltration of the IRA during the Troubles has claimed that South Armagh 'sniper' Bernard McGinn was offered "a suitcase" full of money to stop shooting soldiers but refused, only to later offer himself up as a double agent.
Breaking News ! "A book detailing the intelligence services infiltration of the IRA during the Troubles has claimed that South Armagh 'sniper' Bernard McGinn was offered "a suitcase" full of money to stop shooting soldiers but refused, only to later offer himself up as a double agent. McGinn, an infamous IRA sniper, shot dead Lance Bombardier Stephen Restorick in Bessbrook in February 1997. He was one of the most feared figures of the conflict, with claims he could hit a moving target from as far away as half a mile.Agents of Influence - Britain's Secret Intelligence War Against the IRA, by academic and author Aaron Edwards, claims McGinn, who died in Co Monaghan in 2013 had after his arrest for the murder, offered up information on his IRA associates in exchange for a drastically reduced sentence for the killing of 23-year-old Stephen Restorick.The book states that on the day he was shot, the sniper team "parked their Mazda as close as they could to get a clear line of sight"."It was a prime location and their strategy would prove effective". "One former RUC officer alleged that one of the sniper team, likely Bernard McGinn, was tracked down to a hotel in central Belfast and offered a suitcase of money to stop shooting people. "He told them to 'f*** off', said the former officer. A follow-up operation involving an even bigger suitcase was then mounted and met with the same response". However, during a raid on a farm at Cregganduff Road in Crossmaglen on April 10, 1997, McGinn was arrested along with three other men. "They found a resprayed Mazda, inside of which there was an elaborate metal device that served as a firing platform and a CB radio used for communications. Gunshot residue in the vehicle indicated that a weapon had recently been fired from the platform". An AKM assault rifle, a .
. "RUC detectives cautioned Bernard McGinn on the charge of membership of the IRA and his alleged participation in a planned terrorist operation. 'Make me an offer I can't refuse,' McGinn said during his eighth interview with the detectives. "The CID officers thought that it was an odd thing for him to say. Asked what he meant, McGinn replied, 'You know what I mean.'"The book claims he then proceeded to tell the RUC that he "wanted freedom for the sake of his seven-year-old son". "In exchange for a deal, he would tell the RUC 'what was going on in South Armagh'. If he was released after a drastically reduced sentence, he 'could work for them'. The detectives told him that they couldn't authorise that kind of a deal, but would speak to their superiors. 'Do you want to stop another Canary Wharf?' he asked them. The day he was arrested, McGinn claimed that his squad was preparing to go and shoot another soldier in the area. "In the end, McGinn's advances were rejected and on 19 March, 1999 he was sentenced to twenty-five years' in prison"."
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