Derry man jailed for four years


A Derry man was jailed for four years by the Special Criminal Court in Dublin yesterday for having information on an RUC superintendent which could be useful to a terrorist organisation.

It is only the second time the legislation, brought in after the Omagh bombing in 1998, has been used in a court in the Republic.

Gerald Anthony McFadden (31), of Rathlin Gardens, Creggan, had pleaded not guilty to a charge that on Easter Sunday night, April 15th, at Glebe, Donegal town, he had information relating to Supt Peter Sheridan, of the RUC, including information on his family and his movements, that was likely to be useful to members of an illegal organisation.