Man with Donegal address charged with bombing of garage

January 7, 2023

A man with an address in Co Donegal has appeared in court charged with a bombing in Co Antrim more than 30 years ago.

Businessman Eamonn O’Boyle, 53, of Na Doire Beaga in Gaoth Dobhair was arrested at Belfast International Airport last night when he flew home from holiday in Spain.

The explosion in November 1990 badly damaged a garage in Randalstown.

The court was told that Mr O’Boyle’s car had been stopped by a joint RUC/UDR patrol close to the scene 40 minutes prior to the explosion.

He was in the company of another man, who subsequently pleaded guilty to possessing explosives and was sentenced to 12 years in jail.

Police sought to arrest Mr O’Boyle the following day but he was not at home.

A detective chief inspector told the court it was believed that he had “gone on the run”.

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