Civil Rights Campaign Northern Ireland
Civil Rights Campaign Northern Ireland: Did SF/IRA high-jack Civil Rights Campaign or did they Manufacture it, as they did Manufacture opposition to Loyal Order Parades in the 1990s? Here is something you did not know!
According to Joe Campbell, “While the local council provided the opportunity, we in The IRA exploited that opportunity”
So, what was Joe Campbell, an alleged ‘Civil Rights Activist, doing sharing a house with a notorious Sinn Fein/PIRA Serial Killer and Assistant Chief of Staff of Sinn Fein/PIRA?
In the 1970s, J.B. O’Hagan had gone On-The-Run to Monaghan, was arrested by An Garda Siochana and imprisoned. J.B. O’Hagan would then escape from Mountjoy Jail by helicopter with other senior Sinn Fein/PIRA members Seamus Twomey and Kevin Mallon.
In the 1970s J.B. O’Hagan was Quarter-Master for Sinn Fein/PIRA in Monaghan/East Tyrone, he ensured a constant supply of weapons and explosives for attacks in border counties. J.B. O’Hagan had supplied all of the weapons and explosives used to attack Clogher Barracks when Eva Martin was murdered.
By 1980 when I joined Sinn Fein/PIRA in Monaghan, J.B. O’Hagan was Sinn Fein/PIRA Recruiting Officer and also in charge of Internal Security. J.B. O’Hagan was present when I was sworn in to Sinn Fein/PIRA and he recruited me to work on Internal Security.
J.B. O’Hagan, Joe Campbell and I often enjoyed a cup of tea together in the house on the Ballybay Road, neither J.B. O’Hagan or Joe Campbell drank alcohol, however, part and parcel of my Internal Security work involved drinking and socialising with Sinn Fein/PIRA members. One would not sit long in the company of Jim Lynagh, Laurence McNally and so forth while drinking mineral water.
Joe Campbell told me that he had recruited Patsy Gildernew to Sinn Fein/IRA in 1960 and it was this relationship that had ensured that both men were able to exploit the opportunity presented in Caledon in 1968, Joe said;
“While the local council provided the opportunity, we in The IRA exploited that opportunity”
When I asked Joe Campbell about the role of Austin Currie in the Caledon situation, Joe said that Austin Currie was a good man with honorable intentions, for Sinn Fein/PIRA Austin was useful in that he provided good political cover for what was an IRA operation.
Joe Campbell said that Austin Currie had no idea what was about to unfold, or the capacity of Sinn Fein/IRA at that time to exploit the situation.
It was clear from conversations with J.B. O’Hagan and others that following the humiliation of the Sinn Fein/IRA Border Campaign 1956-62, Sinn Fein/IRA were re-grouped and re-armed by 1968 and ready for any spark to light the flame of sectarian violence.
It has since been shown by released official documents, that prior to 1968, the Irish Government had been preparing to take action against a re-grouped Sinn Fein/PIRA, however, this action was over-taken by events in Northern Ireland.