Far-right Dublin activist Adrienne McGuinness, who claims refugees are “frauds who are bleeding us dry”, has rejected the latest Compo claim

Anti-immigration activist Adrienne McGuinness previously raised €175,000 in personal injury claims

Adrienne McGuinness, a well-known anti-immigration protester from East Wall in Dublin, is also known for giving crucial evidence in the 1996 gangland murder trial of notorious criminal “Cotton Eye” Joe Delaney.

McGuinness lost a €60,000 lawsuit in Dublin County Civil Court this week in connection with a minimal impact car accident in which she said she suffered neck pain.

Ms McGuinness was previously awarded €175,000 in compensation as a result of various accidents over several years.

Adrienne McGuinness (ringed) is a prominent anti-immigration activist in East Wall

However, Judge Sinéad Ní Chúlacháin told McGuinness she had no choice but to dismiss her latest claim because she had provided evidence of two accidents which she had not previously disclosed.

The judge told defense barrister Gráinne Larkin that Ms McGuinness, of Teeling Way, East Wall, Dublin 3, had made an affidavit in which she said she had disclosed all previous and subsequent accidents, although this was not the case.

Ms Larkin, who appeared with Mulholland Law Solicitors and Allianz Insurance for Advanced Labels Ltd and her driver Jason Lynch, told McGuinness under cross-examination that she had disclosed previous accidents for which she had received €160,000 compensation, but had not disclosed two others , one of them in 2016, when Aviva paid her a further 15,000 euros.

Adrienne McGuinness provided testimony that helped convict Joe “Cotton Eye” Delaney of the murder of Mark Dwyer

Judge Ní Chúlacháin said the secrecy surrounding the 2016 accident was of great importance because McGuinness suffered neck injuries similar to those for which she was seeking compensation in that case. In such a situation, the court was legally obliged to dismiss their claim.

McGuinness said the accident occurred on March 2, 2020, while she was driving her car as an employee of North Dublin Home Care. After the accident she had pain in her neck.

She told Ms Larkin in cross-examination that she had also suffered from neck pain as a result of the accident in 2016, but had forgotten to tell this to the defendants.

Adrienne McGuinness (left) is a prominent anti-immigration activist in East Wall

McGuinness regularly posts videos criticizing refugees, some of whom she described as “frauds who are bleeding us dry.”

McGuinness is an associate of prominent anti-immigrant activist Gavin Pepper, who said earlier this year he would be blamed for the fire at the Sandwith Street camp in Dublin, which burned down after refugees were driven away by protesters.

McGuinness made national headlines in the 1990s when she testified in a series of trials relating to the infamous gangland murder of Mark Dwyer by “Cotton Eye” Joe Delaney.

Dwyer was subsequently brutally murdered by Delaney over a missing supply of Ecstasy tablets.

He was kidnapped and taken to a house in Naas, Co Kildare, where he was brutally tortured for hours before being taken to Scribblestown Lane in Finglas, north Dublin, where he was shot dead.

McGuinness was present in the house while the torture took place in another room. Delaney arranged for his then 24-year-old son Scott and three others to kidnap Dwyer from a flat north of the inner city on December 14, 1996, and take him to Delaney’s former home in Naas.

McGuinness said she arrived at the house the morning of the incident to deliver a bag of cocaine to Cotton Eye.

She said she was at Naas House at the time because she had received a death threat from the INLA over alleged drug links. She denied having a relationship with Cotton Eye.

She was present when Dwyer was brought into the house.

McGuinness was in another room of the house while Cotton Eye repeatedly hit Dwyer in the head with an iron bar, hit his legs with a nail bar and stabbed him in a frantic attack over the missing drugs.

During his murder trial, McGuinness told the court: “The screams were unbearable. No human being could endure that.”

The court heard how Delaney put on the M People song Search for the Hero and blasted it to drown out Dwyer’s screams.

“I still hear the screaming,” McGuinness said. “He tortured Mark physically, but he tortured me mentally.”


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