'He was just IRA fodder'.
They contemptuously used his youth and gullibility and shed no tears when he blew himself to bits with his own bomb.
Yesterday, as his bewildered mum and dad buried a son not a martyr, it became clear just how callously the godfathers had dispatched him to his death. Sources close to the IRA have told the Mirror he was sent to London for one reason - he was a "lily-white" with no criminal record.
"He was just a gopher," we were told. "We believe he was nervous and may have fiddled with the detonating mechanism as he sat on the bus.
" The written lists he kept show how naive he was. A trained terrorist would never have done that and, had he survived the bomb, the IRA would have court-martialled him.
"Most of the time they are expendable pawns."
Rather than showing remorse at the loss of one of their "soldiers", the IRA leadership is said to be angry that O'Brien's death has made them lose face.
And they are angered at being cheated of the chance to turn his funeral into a propaganda circus.
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Feb 29, 1996|
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