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.[2]

List of suspected DAAD attacks 1995–2001

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

See also


  2. 'Irish Republican Army (IRA)'
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 CAIN: Chronology of the Conflict 1995, Accessed 2007-11-08
  4. 4.0 4.1 CAIN: Chronology of the Conflict 1996, Accessed 2007-11-08
  5. CAIN: Chronology of the Conflict 1998, Accessed 2007-11-08
  6. McKittrick David, (1999) Lost Lives, Mainstream Publishing, Edinburgh
  7. CAIN: Chronology of the Conflict 1999, Accessed 2007-11-08