Direct Action Against Drugs

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Direct Action Against Drugs was a vigilante group in Northern Ireland that claimed responsibility for the killing of a number of alleged drug dealers.[1] The organisation was allegedly a front name used by the Provisional IRA in claiming responsibility for the killings. It was made up of I.R.A. active members exclusively.[2]

List of suspected DAAD attacks 1995–2001[edit]

  • December 1995
    • Martin McCrory, a small-time drug dealer killed at his home in Turf Lodge, west Belfast.[3]
    • Chris Johnston (aged 38) was killed at his home off Ormeau Road, south Belfast.[3]
    • Francis Collins, a former member of the IRA, was killed at his chip shop in New Lodge, Belfast.[3]
  • January 1996
    • Ian Lyons died 2 January 1996, one day after being shot while sitting in a parked car outside a friend's home, Conor Park, Lurgan, County Armagh.[4]
  • September 1996
    • Séan (John) Devlin, killed in Friendly Street, Markets, south Belfast.[4]
  • February 1998
    • Brendan Campbell (aged 30), a convicted drug dealer, was shot dead outside a restaurant in south Belfast.[5]
  • May 1999
    • Brendan Joseph Fegan (aged 24), who had been described as one of Northern Ireland's main drug dealers, was shot 16 times by two gunmen in the Hermitage Bar, Newry.[6]
  • June 1999
    • Paul Downey (aged 37), a suspected drug dealer from Newry, was shot dead, allegedly by DAAD.[7]
  • April 2001
    • Christopher O'Kane was gunned down as he returned to his security-heavy home in the Currynieran estate, Derry, on 21 April 2001.[why?][citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ DAAD profile,; accessed 10 February 2016.
  2. ^ Irish Republican Army (IRA) profile,; accessed 10 February 2016.
  3. ^ a b c CAIN: Chronology of the Conflict 1995; accessed 8 November 2007.
  4. ^ a b CAIN: Chronology of the Conflict 1996; accessed 8 November 2007.
  5. ^ CAIN: Chronology of the Conflict 1998; accessed 8 November 2007.
  6. ^ McKittrick David, (1999) Lost Lives, Mainstream Publishing, Edinburgh; accessed 8 November 2007.
  7. ^ CAIN: Chronology of the Conflict 1999; accessed 8 November 2007.