MEEHAN 'WAS IRA HONEYTRAP KILLER' Families of Three Scots Soldiers Fear Their Murders Will NEVER Be Solved

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MEEHAN 'WAS IRA HONEYTRAP KILLER' Families of Three Scots Soldiers Fear Their Murders Will NEVER Be Solved


Byline: By MIRROR REPORTER

A FORMER IRA chief and Sinn Fein official who died at the weekend shot three soldiers in one of the most brutal executions of the Troubles, sources said yesterday.

Martin Meehan is believed to have led the IRA murder squad who lured the three pals from a Belfast pub on a promise of sex and drink and shot them on a lonely road outside the city in 1971.

Although no one was ever convicted of the slayings, Meehan - then age 25 - was one of three Provos who ambushed them.

The other gunmen were Patrick McAdorey, who was shot dead by soldiers shortly afterwards, and another man who cannot be named for legal reasons.

The 62-year-old had a heart attack at his home in Brompton Park in North Belfast's Ardoyne district on Saturday.

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams paid tribute to him - one of the most ardent supporters of his leadership.

Mr Adams said: "He dedicated his life to the republican movement and will be sorely missed."

Joe McCaig, 18, his brother John, 17, and 23-year-old Dugald McCaughey were serving with the Royal Highland Fusiliers when caught in the honeytrap.

They met two girls in Belfast city centre who invited them to a party. When they stopped near Ligoneil to go to the toilet, they were shot by gunmen who had been lying in wait.

Their Army CO said at the time: "They were just boys. They weren't hard-bitten professionals."

Their deaths caused an escalation of the Troubles in the months prior to internment. As their funerals took place in Scotland 20,000 people took to the streets of Belfast and Carrickfergus, Co Antrim, in sympathy for the three soldier pals.

A member of Dugald's family said: "The family never got to see him after the murder as he was sent home bolted into his coffin. The tragedy has affected the whole family ever since.

"It has always been something that we could never really get over, as justice was never done. Nobody was ever done for the murders. …

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