27 January 2006

Former offical IRA leader criticises McCreevy


27/01/2006 - 17:54:04

A former Official IRA leader wanted in the US for forging millions of dollars today criticised a former Irish government minister at a public meeting in Dublin.

A warrant was issued for the arrest of Irish Workers Party chief, Sean Garland in December after he failed to appear at a Belfast Court.

The 71-year-old was arrested in the city in October but subsequently released on bail on the condition that he live with friends in the North.

His bail was later varied to allow him to return home to Navan, Co Meath to undergo medical treatment for a diabetes condition.

Mr Garland today attended a conference in Dublin’s Mansion House on the future of Europe, organised by the Irish Labour Party and the Party of European Socialists.

He criticised former Irish Finance Minister and current Internal Market Commissioner Charlie McCreevy for his conservative policies.

Contributing to an audience debate on the EU Services Directive, Mr Garland said of Commissioner McCreevy: “The less said about him the better.

“He has proved himself to be very reactionary and he is behaving in the same manner in Europe now.”

Mr Garland also criticised the lack of resources to help left-of-centre politicians promote their policies on the EU.

He declined to speak to the media after today’s meeting.

The Official IRA was formed in later 1969 after a split in the republican movement created the Provisional IRA.

Mr Garland was arrested by police in a Belfast hotel on the eve of his party’s annual conference in October.

He later appeared in court on foot of a US arrest warrant alleging that he had been involved in counterfeiting large quantities of 100 dollar bills.

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