Supreme Court clears way for McFarlane trial

The Irish Supreme Court has ruled by a 4 to 1 majority to overturn a 2003 High Court ruling, clearing the way for the trial of Provisional IRA member Brendan McFarlane for the kidnapping of Don Tidey in 1983, only a couple of months after McFarlane had escaped from the Maze prison – he was originally charged in connection with the kidnapping in 1998. As this earlier report on the decision notes – “A trainee garda and a member of the Defence Forces were killed in a shoot-out with the kidnap gang when Mr Tidey was rescued.”

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