Irish militant deported from Valley

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An Irish militant held in a Rio Grande Valley detention center has been deported back to Ireland on Friday.

U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials said Pol Brennan was deported following a series of criminal convictions in the United Kingdown and the United States.

ICE officials reported that Brennan TMs case received full review and consideration by the immigration court system.

An immigration judge ultimately decided to deport Brennan from the United States.

He had been housed at the Port Isabel Detention Center since January 2008.

On Thursday, Brennan was flown to Norfolk, Virginia aboard a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) aircraft before continuing on to Limerick, Ireland on Friday.

Brennan was convicted in Northern Ireland in 1977 for possessing a bomb, firearms and ammunition with intent to endanger life or property.

He was arrested while transporting explosives and weapons for the Irish Republican Army and was sentenced to concurrent prison terms of 16 years and seven years.

In 1983, he and 37 other prisoners escaped from Maze Prison in Lisburn, Northern Ireland.

Brennan entered the United States in 1984 using a fraudulent passport to obtain a visitor TMs visa.

The Irish militant illegally assumed the identity of a U.S. citizen infant who died in 1950.

He used this birth certificate to fraudulently apply for an American passport in 1993.

Brennan TMs illegal passport application triggered a criminal investigation which resulted in his indictment.

Brennan ultimately pleaded guilty in 1995 to false statement and illegal possession of a firearm by a felon.

The firearms charge occurred in 1990 when Brennan had applied for and illegally purchased a Colt .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol.

In his firearm purchase application, Brennan fraudulently identified himself as a U.S. citizen and denied he was ever convicted of a felony or was a fugitive from justice.

He was sentenced to seven months in prison and three years TM probation.