Son of republican Dominic McGlinchey dies suddenly

NewsBy Jamie McDowell
Son of republican Dominic McGlinchey dies suddenly

The son of murdered republican Dominic McGlinchey, Declan, has died suddenly.

According to the Irish Socialist Republican Party, Mr McGlinchey, who lived in Bellaghy, south Derry, died on Sunday evening.

The 39-year-old father-of-seven died from a suspected heart attack.

He had been complaining of chest pains before paramedics arrived at his Bellaghy home.

A statement posted on Facebook read: "It is with deep shock and sadness that we learn of the sudden passing of our friend and comrade Declan McGlinchey.

"[Declan] was born into a life of hardships and struggle. He was the son of Dominic and Mary McGlinchey, two dedicated republican socialist activists from the south Derry area.

"Declan dedicated himself in the past couple of years to rebuilding the Irish republican socialist movement in the south Derry area. He was involved in helping to set up a new IRSP Cumann there, and was instrumental in establishing a vibrant and effective Teach an Failte and the Martyrs na hEireann flute band.

"He will be a huge loss to the R.S.M and our thoughts are with his family at this terrible time."

His father, Dominic 'Mad Dog' McGlinchey, was an INLA leader who was shot dead in front of his teenage son in 1994.

Declan's mother, Mary, was shot dead as she bathed her two sons in 1987.

In the 2011 trial of republican Colin Duffy, who faced murder charges after two soldiers were shot dead outside Massarene army barracks in Antrim, a barrister told the court: “Police hold reliable information to indicate that a son of Dominic McGlinchey Senior was the driver of the vehicle which was subsequently recovered by police and was used in the fatal shooting of two soldiers.”