Freed IRA bomber 'facing deportation from US'

Freed IRA bomber 'facing deportation from US'

A CONVICTED IRA BOMBER is facing the prospect of being deported from the US after being handed over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in Boston.

Darcy McMenamin, originally from Co. Tyrone in Northern Ireland, was part of an IRA unit that bombed a vacant police station in 1993.

He was released from prison under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

Mr McMemamin was 18 when he and a co-accused planted a bomb that destroyed the vacant Fintona police station and marked the end of the IRA's annual Christmas truce.

Two passers-by, a man and a woman in their 20s, were slightly injured in the blast, suffering shock and minor cuts.

McMenamin was sentenced to 16 years for his role in the bombing but was freed from the Maze in 1998 as part of the Good Friday Agreement early prisoner releases.

Afterwards, he emigrated to Boston where he's lived ever since as an undocumented immigrant until coming to the attention of ICE after falling foul of a number of traffic offences.

McMenamin is a son of former Sinn Féin Seskinore councillor Gerry McMenamin who served on Omagh District Council during the 1980s and who died in 2016.

He's known to have had close contacts with the Irish-American community in Boston.

In 2016 he spoke at a Rhode Island Irish history event, hosted by the Sons and Daughters of Erin, where he talked about life growing up during the Troubles in Co. Tyrone.