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DUFFY RUNS FOR HIS LIFE; EXCLUSIVE CHIEF 'TERRIFIED' AT BEING KILLED IN BED INLA boss fears getting whacked by rival gang over grenade deal.

Byline: By NIALL DONALD

INLA boss Declan 'Whacker' Duffy is terrified of being killed and sleeps in a different bed EVERY night, it was claimed yesterday.

The 'Ballymount Butcher' has fled from Dublin after being told that his life is in danger.

Duffy, 33, is suspected of supplying the deadly hand grenades used during a recent gangland feud.

Yesterday, a republican source said Duffy was terrified of being shot in his bed.

He added: "He is staying in the network of safe houses in Leinster set up by the INLA during the '80s.

"He sleeps in a different house every night. He is paranoid about being shot in his bed.

"Whacker believes there are people in Dublin who will go to any lengths to have him killed."

Duffy has been living with his partner in the Coombe in Dublin since he was released from jail in February.

In 2001, he was jailed for nine years for his role in the notorious Ballymount Bloodbath.

Duffy and his gang tortured rival gang members with drills, hammers and scalding liquids at a warehouse in Walkinstown.

The torture session ended when a 12-man gang, armed with machetes, arrived at the scene to rescue their associates.

Irish National Liberation Army volunteer Patrick Campbell was killed in the vicious battle that followed.

Gardai believe Duffy and his gang supplied the two military grenades thrown in Dublin last month.

The attack was part of an ongoing feud - sparked after Derek Glennon was stabbed to death in Mountjoy Prison.

Declan O'Reilly was charged with murder following the scuffle on the D-wing landing.

Yesterday, a Garda source claimed Duffy and his gang had sold the explosives to one of Glennon's associates.

He said: "Duffy supplied the grenades because he wanted to use the feud to settle a few personal scores.

"The INLA have close connections to someone who is close to the Glennon family. This person then attacked Declan O'Reilly's sister's house."

Last week, Garda Commissioner Noel Conroy set up a special unit to investigate the recent grenade attacks.

The bombs have been used by gangsters in a series of attacks in Dublin and Limerick over the last few months.

INLA leaders are believed to have been selling the lethal weapons to the highest bidder.

The paramilitary group smuggled the old Soviet grenades into Ireland during early 1990s. Duffy, who is originally from Armagh, was the INLA's second in command in the Republic.

The 33-year-old is a close friend of Border Fox Dessie O'Hare and was his bodyguard while they were in jail.

Yesterday, a Garda source added the INLA chief had been demanding "protection" money from drug dealers. He said: "Duffy came out of jail and tried to demand cash off the local drug dealers. But the young guns were having none of it and told him to get lost.

"The reality is the INLA are not the feared organisation they once were."

Duffy was also furious because an inner-city drug dealer "slagged off" his partner while he was in jail.

The INLA leader had hoped to use the feud sparked by Glennon's death to eliminate his enemies.

He sold the grenades to a close associate of the Glennon family, which had links to the paramilitary group.

But Duffy was forced to flee after gardai blamed him for the outbreak of violence.

Detectives armed with Uzi machine guns raided his home after the first grenade attack on a house vin Park Terrace in Coombe on June 27.

Now Duffy is convinced he will be shot if he sets foot in Dublin.

Last month, Duffy claimed he had been targeted by gangland hitmen.

He said: "I did not start any feud with them and I haven't carried out any attacks.

"I am aware that they are trying to hire a gunman to kill me.

"They have approached criminals in Spain to do their dirty work but no-one will get involved."

Derek Glennon was involved with a notorious gang based in Crumlin.

The 24-year-old, from Windmill Road in Crumlin, was an enforcer for inner-city drug dealers.

He was buried last month in a secret ceremony to avoid gangland attacks at his funeral.

Yesterday, a Garda insider said Glennon's father, also called Derek, had been trying to ease tensions in the area.

He added: "Mr Glennon has met with Declan O'Reilly's sister to try and put an end to the cycle of violence.

"He has spoken to all his son's old associates to tell them he wants no retaliation.

"Things seem to have quietened down for the moment but they can kick off again at any moment."

Duffy has said the INLA would "wipe out" any Dublin criminal who touched one of its members.

He said: "If any member of the INLA or our political wing is harmed, the INLA will wipe them out.

"If they think they can run off to Spain and live happy ever after, they should think again.

"They will be hunted down and executed."

Duffy studied to be a social worker while he was in prison. He has claimed he wanted to become a drugs counsellor when he was released.

Duffy joined the INLA after the British army shot dead his older brother Kevin in 1987.

In 2005, Glennon was jailed for killing Neil King at Davitt Road in the city during a high-speed stolen-car chase.

He was also serving a five-year sentence for escaping from custody at gunpoint.

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Commissioner Noel Conroy; Border Fox... Dessie O'Hare; On the move... Declan 'Whacker' Duffy sleeps in a different bed every night; Tribute... funeral of INLA man Patrick Campbell; Derek Glennon; Patrick Campbell
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