Alleged former senior IRA commander arrested on charges of child abuse

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Ex IRA senior arrested in Alicante.

AN EX-IRA CHIEF is due to be extradited from Alicante to Dublin following allegations relating to historic child abuse in Ireland. The man, now in his 60´s who has been a supporter of Sinn Fein´s political policy was arrested in Alicante. 

Originally from Belfast, the accused had been living in Dublin for several decades and has a house in Alicante. 

Following the arrest in Alicante on February 24 the suspect was taken to Madrid where he has appeared in court and is now in custody awaiting an extradition hearing.

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The Garda criminal investigation is following claims made by a woman who is now in her early 20s relating to abuse as a child in Dublin. Following a questioning last year in Alicante, four charges have been brought against the suspect. 

The individual being held has been identified as allegedly leading a faction of the IRA in charge of operations to bomb England, during the height of conflict. 

He was also questioned in connection to the murder of Garda Jerry McCabe, in 1996, during an armed robbery in Adare, Co Limerick, that went wrong. This was subsequently dropped during negotiations with the British. 

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