Gardaí warn that INLA feud could escalate

Monday 11 October 1999 23.43

Gardaí are now questioning 3 people in connection with the murder of a 22-year old INLA member in Dublin yesterday. Patrick Campbell, who was originally from Belfast, but with an address in Blanchardstown, died in hospital yesterday from injuries sustained in a fight between members of the INLA and a drugs gang. Gardaí fear the feud will develop into further violence.

This is one of the most serious feuds to erupt between criminals and subversives in the capital for years. Last Wednesday a South Dublin drugs dealer sent a number of men to meet with members of the INLA in a factory at Ballymount. He was seeking compensation from the organisation after his van was burned out. Instead the criminal gang members were surrounded, stripped and badly beaten. As two of them were being abducted by the INLA gang, the drug dealer arrived with a gang armed with nail-studded clubs and knives. INLA member Patrick Campbell was severely beaten and stabbed around the legs, head and body.

The Irish Republican Socialist Party have issued a statement claiming he died in the struggle against drug dealers, but gardaí are extremely worried that the INLA will seek to avenge his death. Concern was also expressed that the escalation in the feud between the organisation and the Dublin drug dealer could see more people murdered in the capital. Detectives are searching for at least six more people who are believed to have been involved. Further arrests are expected.