In 1995 Gillen, as Officer Commanding of the IRA's Belfast Brigade, was a member of the IRA Executive and was critical of the strategy being employed by Gerry Adams. In 1997 Gillen was elected to the Army Council with the backing of Adams, after he backed the leadership over dissidents who wished to steer the IRA in a more hardline direction.
In 2000, Gillen, along with Adams, Martin McGuinness, Pat Doherty and Brian Keenan were issued with a subpoena, in order to appear at Northern Ireland High Court as part of a civil action which was taken by relatives of the 29 Omagh bombing victims.
- Guardian article
- Sinn Fein leaders ordered to court
- Moloney, Ed (2002). A Secret History of the IRA. Penguin Books. pp. 438–439. ISBN 0-14-101041-X.
- A Secret History of the IRA, pp. 477-479.
- Adams is subpoenaed by Omagh relatives to appear at civil action
- "Collusion - Transcript of BBC Panorama programme". CAIN. 19 July 2002. Retrieved 2007-09-25.
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