Ex-IRA chief Kieran Conway on life after the struggle

Now a solicitor, he defends dissident republicans but regards NI campaign as a waste

Former IRA intelligance director Kieran Conway. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Former IRA intelligance director Kieran Conway. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Solicitor Kieran Conway was back in the Special Criminal Court last Friday, representing a 52-year-old Dublin man, Patrick Brennan, who was charged with possession of four 400g blocks of TNT and three electrical explosive detonators.

During the brief hearing, Mr Brennan sat in a light blue, striped T-shirt, with his arms folded. When asked by the court’s registrar to stand up, he remained seated, and spoke only to confirm his identity. Asked if he was Patrick Brennan, the Clondalkin man replied: “Yeah.”

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