We Remember with sorrow and pride the staff and volunteers of the
Irish National Liberation Army
Irish Republican Socialist Party
who gave their lives in the struggle for an Irish Workers’ Republic
Hunger Strike and North West
The IRSP in Derry have recently been involved in one of the most important republican projects in the the city since the formation of the Republican Socialist Movement in 1974. The building of a fitting tribute to members of the Irish National Liberation Army and Irish Republican Socialist Party from counties Derry and Tyrone who gave their lives during the latest phase of the war against the British establishment in Ireland. This monument, which is on the graves of two hungerstrikers, Mickey Devine and Patsy O’Hara, is also dedicated to the memory of the ten hungerstrikers of 1981. This design was chosen because it represents the spirit of resistance shown by the revolutionary forces in Ireland during the past thirty years. This design is nothing new in Ireland. Examples of earlier statues of a similar nature are located in various areas of the country, including Ardee in County Louth where the statue there commemorates two members of the “old IRA”.
Statement From the O’Hara family on the
Occasion of the Dedication of the Derry Monument
We, the family of hunger strike martyr Patsy O Hara, wish to congratulatethe Derry City Hunger Striker Memorial Fund for all the work they carriedout during the past four years to raise funds for a fitting tribute to theH-Block martyrs from Derry who died in 1981.We also wish to thank the Ard Comhairle and members of the IRSP whohelped ensure that a fitting tribute will stand for years to come to
memory of Patsy and his other Comrades!
Special thanks to all those who took part in recording the cassette,‘Memories of a Hunger Strike’.We view with dismay the furore this week to once again attempt to
Criminalise Patsy and his Comrades. These men died during a War, a warof Liberation, and as Combatants in that War are entitled to such amonument. And as Republican Socialists they died for a dream of a betterlife for all the people in this City, the Working class. So this tributeshould be seen in the context of their sacrifice and ideals.To the ones that would want to have this removed, we say let us remove allthe War Memorials at the same time! Including the World war memorials likethe one that stands in our city’s diamond, that Commemorates a terriblesacrifice for the world!Finally, we would like to offer special thanks to the people of Derry City,
who kindly contributed to the various fund raising events that wereundertaken to fund the building of the monument. Without your support the
monument may never have been built.Now that the monument is standing, we would like to publicly questionSinn Fein’s behaviour in regard to the fund-raising activity. It is not that
they were not supportive of this memorial, but that prominent members oftheir movement actually discouraged other people from supporting the effort
to have the monument built. Sinn Fein’s active attempts to discourage othersfrom supporting this effort is a slur to the hunger strikers and an insult
to the people of Derry.
Let the fight go on.
Arm Saoirse Náisiúnta na h-Éireann
Roll of Honour
Óglach Colm McNutt Derry Brigade INLA Killed in Action, 12th December 1977
Colm was just eighteen years old when he was killed in the William Street area of his native Derry by undercover agents of the British state. As a politically aware youth growing up in Derry he witnessed at first hand the brutality of the British Imperialist stranglehold on his country and it was as a result of the occupation that Colm took up arms, not only to defend his city from the British but to fight for a workers’ republic that would indeed cherish all the children of the nation equally. Colm paid the ultimate price for the love of his country and his people.
Remember him with honour and pride.
“Unveiling of Memorial in honour of:INLA Óglachs Colm McNuttDermot Tonto McShane & Hessy Phelan”
Fallen Comrades of the IRSM – ÓglachHugh Ferguson
Assassinated by OIRA on 20 February 1975
19 year old construction worker and IRSP branch chairman, shot in Belfast by the OIRA at the start of the IRSM’s baptism of fire
Fallen Comrades of the IRSM – Óglach Daniel Loughran
Assassinated by the OIRA on 5 April 1975
20 year old expert marksman and former soldier in the Irish Army, Danny Loughran joined the Republican Socialist Movement at its inception, having been a member of the OIRA prior to that. He was assassinated by the OIRA close to his home in the Divis Flats.
It was believed he was killed by OIRA man Eamon “Hatchet” Kerr.
Given a paramilitary funeral with members of the People’s Liberation Army (a broader paramilitary grouping than the INLA, formed to defend the IRSM from OIRA attacks) a volley of shots was fired over his coffin. He was a “staff officer” of the INLA, though “PLA” was carved into his gravestone in Milltown Cemetary.
At his funeral, an IRSP spokesperson said “There are not enough bullets in Cyprus Street or in Gardiner Place (OIRA addresses in Belfast and Dublin) to kill the dream for which he died.”
Fallen Comrades of the IRSM – Óglach Brendan McNamee
Assassinated by the OIRA on 5 June 1975
BELFAST I.R.S.P | Brendan McNamee | + | Miriam Daly | MURDERED BY | BRITISH | AGENTS
Falls Road, Falls Park, Belfast West, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Junction of Falls Road and Glen Road; on the site of the former Andersonstown Barrracks.
From west Belfast, the 22 year old McNamee joined the IRSP when it was formed. He was a staff officer in the INLA and PLA and was assassinated by the OIRA on the Stewartstown Road.
Fallen Comrades of the IRSM – Óglach Thomas Trainor
Assassinated on 8 March 1978
Aged 29, a member of the IRSP and a staff officer in the INLA, he was shot by the UVF as he and a companion were walking along the Armagh Road from Jervis Street. The INLA said that Trainor had been threatened numerous times by the RUC and had been told that the SAS “would get him”.
Fallen Comrades of the IRSM – Seamus Costello ( Séamus Mac Coisdealbha, 1939–1977)
Assassinated by the OIRA on 5 October 1977
Known as the “Boy General” for his leadership skills as a youth in the Official IRA during the border campaigns, he went on to found the Irish Republican Socialist Party and the Irish National Liberation Army. He was assassinated by the OIRA in 1977.
“Our target must be the achievement of the ideals set out in the Proclamation of 1916 – the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland, religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities for all our citizens.” – Seamus Costello, the founder of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement), 1966.
“we must make no secret of the fact that we are a revolutionary party, prepared to give leadership on the streets as well as in the elected chambers & that we are out for a revolutionary state” (Seamus Costello)
Fallen Comrades of the IRSM – Óglach Anthony McClelland
Killed in Action on 16 October 1979
INLA volunteer in the Armagh Brigade, aged 25, Tony McClelland was killed on active duty when the car he was riding in was involved in an accident in Co. Monaghan during a police chase.
Fallen Comrades of the IRSM – Óglach Miriam Daly
Assassinated on 26 June 1980
Outspoken republican socialist Miriam Daly, aged 45, was murdered on 26 June, 1980, in her home on Andersonstown Road, Andersonstown, Belfast. Her body, bound and shot, was found by her nine-year-old daughter after she returned from school.
Mrs. Daly, a lecturer in economic and social history at Queen’s University in Belfast, was one of the original founders of the Irish Republican Socialist Party with Seamus Costello, and become the party’s second chairperson.
She joined a list of martyrs that came to include Noel Lyttle, a fellow republican socialist and committed activist in the H-Block Campaigns, IRSP/H-Block activist Ronnie Bunting, and John Turnley of the Irish Independence Party, all of whom represented the national leadership of the H-Block Committee and as such became targets for the state apparatus, and the loyalist paramilitary death squads under its control, in its desire to crush the prisoners’ struggle.
Indicating her level of involvement and influence within the movement, a four-man honour guard from the INLA joined the funeral cortege as it halted outside the Daly house in West Belfast on its way to the requiem Mass and fired a volley of shots over her casket in a tribute to the fallen martyr.
Miriam Daly, IRSP Chairperson and INLA volunteer, is buried at Swords, near Dublin, in the Irish Republic.
Fallen Comrades of the IRSM – Óglach Ronnie Bunting
Assassinated on 15 October 1980
IRSP member Ronnie Bunting, aged 32, was shot and killed by the SAS along with Noel Lyttle in Bunting’s Turf Lodge home in Belfast. Three previous attempts on Bunting’s life had taken place between 1975 and 1978.
Bunting, the son of Major Ronald Bunting who was a former aide to the Rev. Ian Paisley, was the Belfast commander and senior chief of staff of the INLA, as well as a founding member of the Irish Republican Socialist Party.
While an arts student at Belfast’s Queens University, Bunting had been the only Protestant to be interned without trial by British security forces for several months during 1972.
Fallen Comrades of the IRSM – Óglach Noel Lyttle
Assassinated on 15 October 1980
It was widely believed that at the time of his murder, Noel Lyttle had assumed the duties Miriam Daly had held within the movement, organising within the movement as well as being on the executive of the National H-Block/Armagh Committee.
It was suspected that the same SAS unit that killed Lyttle had also killed Miriam Daly in June of 1980. John Turnly of the Irish Independence Party and later Bernadette Devlin McAliskey in January of 1981 were victims of attempted murders by loyalist paramilitaries, all in a campaign to destroy the National H-Block/Armagh Committee, on whose executive the four sat.
It was also suspected that the official British policy, failing in their attempts to crush the IRSM, was to hit “soft targets” to avenge the INLA assassination of Airey Neave, Thatcher’s loyal ally killed by a mercury-tilt bomb in the carpark beneath Parliament.
Fallen Comrades of the IRSM – Óglach Jim Power
Killed in Action on 7 May 1981
Brother of Ta Power, Jim was one of only two republicans to die in action during the hunger strikes — Jim was killed while defusing a bomb.
Speaking of his brother, Ta Power said
“He was born under a regime of repression and died fighting for liberty. In the words of George Jackson, on the death of his own brother: ‘I want people to wonder at the forces which created him, terrible, calm man-child, courage in one hand, the machine gun in the other, scourge of the unrighteous, an ox for the people to ride!'”
Fallen Comrades of the IRSM – Óglach Emmanuel Matt McClarnon
Killed in Action on 12 May 1981
McLarnon, McCabe and Doherty – INLA – Linden Street, off Lower Falls Road, Falls. Plaque Reads
“I ndil chuimhne Dedicated to the memory of INLA Volunteer Matt McLarnon, Nora McCabe and Peter Doherty who were murdered in this area by British state forces during the 1981 H-Block hunger strike A Mhuire Banrion na nGeal gui ar a son”.
Aged 21, Volunteer Matt McClarnon was shot and killed by army during rioting near his home at Massereene Row in the Divis Flats in the lower Falls area of west Belfast.
On active service at the time of his death, he had fired on soldiers a few hours after word had come out that Francis Hughes had died on hunger strike.
At his funeral, five INLA volunteers stepped from the hallway of St. Peter’s Catholic Church and fired three volleys of shots in the air.
I first got to know Matt the same year I got out of the Kesh 1976. He had become involved in the movement earlier that year. He was very young but tall end well made for his age. Most importantly he was very eager to get involved in activity against the enemy. At this time Matt was involved in a unit further up the Falls from Divis, where he lived. I didn’t really get to know Matt well until we both found ourselves in the Crum in 1979.
He had been arrested along with eight others in a flat in Divis. They were charged with possession of two pistols and a Russian grenade which were supposed to have been thrown out of the flat they were in. In the Cram I got to know Matt as a genuine person who was easy to get on with. He was always one for having a good slag and keen for news on how the struggle was progressing outside. He was well got with his fellow prisoners IRSP and Provo alike. He was very fond of his mother and also Rose his girlfriend who was later to become his wife.
The charges were dropped and Matt was released. Within a short while he was again active in the movement and showing even more determination than before. I was now in the same unit as him and he was always busy planning and carrying out regular operations against the forces of oppression.
Day in day out he talked about the prisoners and the struggle for political status; how the people of Divis were suffering from the terrible housing conditions and the continual Brit and RUC harassment.
When Bobby Sands died Matt was out right away operating against the enemy. When Francis Hughes died he was even more angered as he knew him personally from prison. He went out, rifle in hand to avenge Francis Hughes and in doing so sacrificed his own life. Matt was shot in the back by a Brit sniper.
Matt McLarnon will be missed not only by his broken hearted wife Rose and his mother and family, but also by his comrades including myself. We pledge ourselves to continue the struggle for Irish freedom and socialism, for which Matt gave his life.
We will not forget you Matt.
The struggle goes on.
A FRIEND AND COMRADE.
“They may kill the Revolutionary – But never the REVOLUTION”
Fallen Comrades of the IRSM – Óglach Patsy O’Hara (Peatsaí Ó hEadhra; 11 July 1957 – 21 May 1981)
Died on Hunger Strike on 21 May 1981
Patsy O Hara was born on 11th July 1957 in Derry city. The violence during the civil rights marches of the late 1960s, and Patsy’s presence at the Battle of the Bogside in August 1969 aroused passionate feelings of nationalism. By 1975, Patsy had joined the INLA.
Patsy was arrested on 14th May 1979 and was charged with possessing a hand-grenade. In January 1980, he was sentenced to eight years in jail and went on the blanket, where he later became Officer Commanding of the INLA prisoners in the H-Blocks.
Patsy was 61 days on hunger strike; at 11.29 p.m. on 21st May 1981 he became the first INLA Volunteer to to die on hunger strike, just as he had been the first INLA Volunteer to join the strike.
“After we are gone, what will you say you were doing? Will you say you were with us in our struggle or were you conforming to the very system that drove us to our deaths?” (Patsy O’Hara 1957-81)
Fallen Comrades of the IRSM –
Óglach Kevin Lynch (Caoimhín Ó Loingsigh 25 May 1956 – 1 August 1981)Died on Hunger Strike on 1 August 81
Kevin Lynch was born 25th May 1956 in Dungiven, County Derry. This was a primarily nationalist area but was garrisoned by the RUC and the British Army; thus, Kevin grew up experiencing the prejudice and sectarian hatred existing under such conditions.
Kevin joined the INLA in 1976, and was arrested only three months later in an RUC ambush in which suspected INLA activists in the town were rounded up. In 1977 he was sentenced to 10 years and immediately joined the blanket protest.
Kevin was 71 days on hunger strike; he was the second INLA Volunteer to join the hunger strike and to die as a result, at 1:00am on 1st August 1981.
“The real criminals are the British imperialists who have thrived on the blood and sweat of generations of Irishmen and Irishwomen. They have maintained control of Ireland through force of arms and there is only one way to end it. Only the Irish people can save us through united action. Organise now, tomorrow may be too late.” – Irish National Liberation Army.
Fallen Comrades of the IRSM –
Óglach Michael James “Mickey” Devine (Mícheál Ó Duibhinn;) (26 May 1954–21 August 1981)Died on Hunger Strike on 20 August 1981
Michael James Devine was born on 26th May 1954 in Springtown, just outside of Derry city. He grew up in the Creggan area of Derry, where he was raised by his sister Margaret and her husband after both parents died unexpectedly when he was age 11.
Mickey was witness to the civil rights marches of the late 1960s in Derry in which civilians were often brutally attacked and the trauma of Bloody Sunday. In fact, Mickey himself was hospitalised twice because of police brutality. In the early 70s, Mickey joined the Labour Party and the Young Socialists. Then in 1975, Mickey helped form the INLA.
In 1976 he was arrested, and sentenced in 1977 to 12 years after an arms raid in County Donegal; he immediately joined the blanket protest. While on hunger strike an appeal to Irish workers he drafted was smuggled out of Long Kesh and it was this letter to Irish workers that was read at factory gates throughout Ireland.
Mickey was 60 days on hunger strike; he was the third INLA Volunteer to join the hunger strike and died at 7:50am on 20th August 1981.
“Seasann muid ar son saoirse na náisiún na hÉireann ionas go mbeidh glúnta atá le teacht taitneamh a bhaint as an rathúnas tuillte acu ceart, saor ó chur isteach eachtrach, cos ar bolg agus a shaothrú.”
Is féidir leis an ghrian ag éirí deireadh a chur leis an dorchadas na hoíche, ach ní féidir banish an blackness na mhailís féin, fuath, agus brutality, go bhfuil Éire ag troid agus chosain sé, i gcoinne an rialtais na Breataine le haghaidh níos mó ná 800 years.Erins “Beidh Mhac agus iníon ar conquer seo olc! in onóir ár gcomrádaithe tar éis titim, le fórsa oidhreacht ó ár mairtíreach ar! lenár saol, ár saoirse, agus beidh ár náisiúin saor in aisce! ansin ní bheidh ár bpáistí gcroíthe a burdened “Is é an bóthar chun saoirse bród spioradálta agus daonnachta” le eagla nó caillteanas. Theres aon rud níos láidre ná i gcroílár an oibrí deonach Ní mór dúinn aon chéimeanna ar gcúl;. Caithfidh ár céimeanna a chur ar aghaidh, le haghaidh más rud é nach bhfuil againn, an martyrs a fuair bás ar do shon, dom, don tír seo beidh, haunt linn le haghaidh eternity ”
“Reigns an diabhal nuair a dhéanann fir dea-rud ar bith” “Tíocfaidh Ár Lá” téigh go brách Éirinn i
Fallen Comrades of the IRSM – Óglach Roddie Carroll
Killed by RUC during shoot-to-kill operation on 12 December 1982
Roddy Carroll, aged 21 and a member of the INLA (and claimed by security forces as the INLA’s top gunman in Armagh), was killed along with Seamus Grew when their car was fired on by two members of the RUC.
Fallen Comrades of the IRSM – Óglach Seamus Grew
Killed by RUC “Shoot to Kill” on 12 December 1982
Seamus Grew, aged 31, a leader of the Irish Republican Socialist Party, was killed, along with Roddy Carroll, when the car they were driving was fired on by the RUC at Armagh. Both men, who were unarmed, were killed instantly. The RUC had been led to believe by an informer that their real target, Dominic McGlinchey, the INLA’s chief of staff, would be in the car as they crossed the border from an INLA meeting in Monaghan in the 26 counties.
Grew had been in shot in the throat and captured in 1979 and sentenced to four years for INLA activities. He was released after serving two years and survived an assassination attempt by Protestant gunmen two months before he was killed.
At the trial, the police officer who killed the two men, Constable John Robinson, was found not guilty, even though he and another RUC officer had fired 19 shots into the car. He claimed they thought they had been shot at, but when it was found out that the two men were unarmed, they later falsely claimed that the two men had crashed through a roadblock and the two police officers were fearful of being run down by the car.
The judge said he was not concerned with an RUC cover-up, only whether Robinson was guilty or not. Not surprisingly, he ruled that Robinson “honestly believed he was fired at and his life was in danger.”
From a Manchester Guardian Weekly commentary on 15 April 1984:
MR JUSTICE MacDermott has acquitted a member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, Constable John Robinson, on a murder charge in one of the most controversial trials in the province in recent years. It was controversial not merely because of the verdict, although that alone has aroused anger in the nationalist community, but because the false account of the operation which was put out by the RUC at the time, and which was widely disbelieved, was destroyed by the evidence in court.
The deaths of Seamus Grew and Roderick Carroll, both members of INLA, took place at Armagh in December, 1982. The RUC said the car containing the two men had accelerated through a checkpoint at Girvan’s Bridge on the Armagh to Keady road (it had not passed a checkpoint), knocking down a police officer who suffered slight injuries (no policeman was knocked down; one was injured elsewhere in a collision with another security vehicle). A police car flashing its blue lights (it was an unmarked car) gave chase and “forced the escaping car to stop” (it was not escaping). “The car then reversed at high speed . . .” (the handbrake was found to be on). “The driver of the car, Grew, then jumped out” (he did not; he and Carroll were shot 18 times where they sat). “The police, believing they were about to be fired on . . .” (they may have so believed, but Grew and Carroll were unarmed.)
It was not contested in court that the RUC story was a fabrication and that Constable Robinson was told not to reveal the nature of the operation because he would contravene the Official Secrets Act. The RUC story concealed the fact that an informant in the Republic had given warning that Dominic McGlinchey (then a wanted man, now in police custody) was coming across the border that night in a car driven by Grew, and that both were likely to be armed and would resist arrest. Robinson said he had been chosen for membership of a Special Support Unit attached to the RUC at Knock, East Belfast, and given training in firearms with the accent on “Firepower, speed, and aggression.” The gun he used on December 12 was a Smith and Wesson 14-magazine double-action hand gun which was not standard issue. The day before the incident he had been briefed about an expected upsurge in terrorist activity. He was part of a heavily armed squad of police drafted into Co Armagh on the night before the operation.
In discharging Constable Robinson the judge said that he was satisfied that “the accused honestly believed he had been fired at and his life was in danger.” There is no need to quarrel with that verdict, reached after an eight-day hearing, in order to point out that it addressed itself only, and in law rightly, to a narrow reconstruction of the case against the constable. What the judge did not have to decide (and what, in other circumstances, a jury might well have addressed in a rider) was the antecedent accumulation of pressure on the RUC, both in Northern Ireland and Britain, to show results in the campaign against INLA. The Armagh shooting came less than a week after INLA had claimed responsibility for the Droppin Well public house bombing at Ballykelly in which 17 people, soldiers and civilians, were killed. But before that act of carnage other IRA and INLA men had been shot in circumstances which the leader of the SDLP, Mr John Hume, described as confering “a licence to kill” and “legalised murder.”
Last week the Irish Times commented: “There is abundant evidence that for a considerable time the RUC and the British Army have operated, officially, a ‘shoot to kill’ policy against suspected members of the provisional IRA and the INLA. In Latin America the forces which carry out such operations have become known as ‘death squads’ and have incurred the odium of the civilised world. The British authorities might care to explain the difference, if any.” This luxurious comparison illustrates again the depressing and demoralising nature of the British role in Northern Ireland. To stay is to connive at the erosion of supremely valuable principles, for no one can deny that British standards of law enforcement and administration of justice have both suffered severely from events in the province. To leave is to betray a majority of people who want us to remain and probably to precipitate a civil war. If the forthcoming report of the New Ireland Forum were to make a slight obeisance to the size of this dilemma it would break new ground. There is, regrettably, little likelihood that that will happen, and as long as it does not the “odium of the civilised world” cannot rightly descend on only one of the two capitals intimately concerned.
Fallen Comrades of the IRSM – Óglach Neil McMonagle
Killed in Action on 2 February 1983
Born Eugene Cornelius McMonagle, Neil was a 23-year old native of Coshquin, a small housing estate in Derry, when, unarmed, he was shot and killed by an SAS undercover agent in what was recognised as another in a long list of shoot-to-kill “incidents” involving republicans.
His two brothers said that police threatened them that they would kill Neil.
The INLA provided a colour party and a guard of honour and a volley of shots were fired in a final salute.
Fallen Comrades of the IRSM – Óglach Brendan Convery
Killed in Action on 13 August 1983
Aged 26, Brendan was from Co. Derry but lived in Dundalk.
He and Gerard Mallon were shot and killed by the RUC in Dungannon while they carried out an attack on a security sangar.
1,500 people attended his funeral in his hometown of Maghera.
Fallen Comrades of the IRSM – Óglach Gerard Mallon
Killed in Action on 13 August 1983
Aged 31, from Madden near Keady in south Armagh, INLA volunteer Gerard Mallon was shot and killed with Brendan Convery by security forces during an INLA attack on a security sangar.
1000 people attended his funeral.
Fallen Comrades of the IRSM – Óglach Joe Craven
Assassinated by loyalists on 5 December 1983
Joe Craven, age 26, was assassinated by an Ulster Volunteer Force
gunman (using the cover name Protestant Action Force) who opened fire
from a motorcycle, killing him and wounding his two brothers as they
walked home from the Department of Health and Social Services office
in Newtownabbey, County Antrim. At his funeral the priest refused to accompany the coffin to Milltown
Cemetery in West Belfast, where the INLA were to provide military honours.
The Royal Ulster Constabulary moved in, trying to prevent the display
of a black beret and gloves atop the coffin outside the Craven home,
and clashes occurred between the mourners and the RUC. The family
refused to bring the coffin out until the security forces moved back.
When they finally did move away, the coffin was brought back out, but
the RUC immediately moved in again. Two men were arrested in thesubsequent scuffle.The coffin was eventually carried away by mourners with the beret,gloves, and Starry Plough flag on top.A memorial to Craven was unveiled in the Bawnmore area of North
Belfast on 9 December 2002. ” He died as he lived: a Republican Socialist. Remember him with honourand pride. ”
Fallen Comrades of the IRSM – Óglach Paul “Bonanza” McCann
Killed in Action on 15 June 1984
Described in an INLA statement to Belfast news agencies as an “INLA staff officer in the Belfast Brigade and an outstanding worker in the republican socialist movement” as well as “one of our finest volunteers”, Paul “Bonanza” McCann was killed in questionable circumstances during a midnight raid by the RUC and British troops in a flat in Lenadoon, west Belfast.
Three men (one of them Gino Gallagher) and a woman who were with McCann were arrested at the scene. One RUC constable was killed and two others injured during the raid.
Initial reports from the RUC said McCann was slain when police opened fire after he shot at officers, but later the RUC said no shots were fired by the police or army.
Attempts by RUC and soldiers to stop a military-style funeral for McCann resulted in clashes after the route was blocked by security forces when four masked men lined up behind the coffin. The funeral was allowed to progress only when organizer’s agreed that the funeral would continue without the honors of guard being present.
Mourners confront the RUC at INLA funeral. Known as Bonanza McCann, 20, Paul McCann was shot dead during a raid in Lenadoon, west Belfast on June 15th 1984. Gino Gallagher was arrested at the same time and found guilty of inciting the murder of RUC man Michael Todd, aged 22 from Lambeg.
Paul McCann aged 20, a member of the INLA, was shot dead during an RUC raid on a flat in Lenadoon Avenue, west Belfast on 15th June 1984. Three men arrested at the same time included Gino Gallagher.
Mourners carry the flag draped coffin of Paul McCann, aged 20, shot by the RUC in Lenandoon.
Paul McCann was killed in disputed circumstances June 15th 1984 during a RUC raid on a flat in Lenadoon at which Gino Gallagher was arrested and charged with incitement to murder, following the death of RUC constable Michael Todd. Paul McCann was from the Lower Falls, brother of Fra McCann, later Sinn Fein councillor to Belfast City Council.
Firing party at funeral of INLA man, Paul ‘Bonanza’ McCann killed in disputed circumstances June 15th 1984 during a RUC raid on a flat in Lenadoon at which Gino Gallagher was arrested and charged with incitement to murder, following the death of RUC constable Michael Todd. Paul McCann was from the Lower Falls, brother of Fra McCann, later Sinn Fein councillor to Belfast City Council.
Fallen Comrades of the IRSM – Michael Montgomery
Died on 1 December 1984
Fallen Comrade of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement
Died on 1 December 1984
Michael Montgomery was a former Irish Republican Socialist Party
spokesperson, Irish National Liberation Army officer commanding, and
elected member of the Derry City Council representing the working
class area of Creggan.
He joined the Irish Republican Army in the 1950s and participated in
the Border Campaign of 1956-62, at one point being on the run from
British authorities for several years. He was interned without trial
in 1971 and was one of “The Hooded Men,” twelve republican
activists who were tortured physically, mentally, and through sensory
deprivation after their arrests. The European Court of Human Rights
later found Britain guilty of “inhumane and degrading treatment”
against the Hooded Men.
He died of natural causes at the age of 48 and was laid to rest next
to INLA hunger strikers Patsy O’Hara and Michael Devine in Derry City
Fallen Comrades of the IRSM – Óglach John Gerard O’Reilly
Assassinated by IPLO on 20 January 1987
Óglach John O’Reilly
Chief of Staff – Irish National Liberation Army
Assassinated on 20 January 1987
John O’Reilly, a 26-year-old from Eliza Street in South Belfast, beganhis career as a republican activist in the 1970s as a member of the
Official Irish Republican Army’s youth wing. As an adult he joined theINLA, where he was instrumental in securing its European arm supply network and eventually succeeded Dominic McGlinchey as its chief ofstaff.In 1986, individuals who had resigned or been purged from the IrishRepublican Socialist Movement came together as the Irish People’sLiberation Organisation to attack the IRSM.
O’Reilly, along with Thomas “Ta” Power and two other INLA members,went to Drogheda to meet with representatives of the IPLO to discussavoiding conflict between the two organisations. Under a flag oftruce, the IPLO attacked the four INLA members, killing O’Reilly andPower.
Fallen Comrades of the IRSM – Óglach Thomas “Ta” Power
Assassinated by IPLO on 20 January 1987
Aged 33, assassinated by IPLO with John O’Reilly at the Rossnaree Hotel outside Drogheda. He and O’Reilly had gone to the hotel to reach an agreement with the IPLO. One of those who carried out the assassination was Gerard Steenson.
From Friendly Street in the Markets area of south Belfast, he had been in the OIRA but joined the INLA in 1975 while a prisoner in Long Kesh.
Noted for having spent the longest time on remand (4 years and 4 months) on the word of grass Harry Kirkpatrick, he was also held on the evidence of five different supergrasses, and had just been released from Crumlin Road a short time before he was killed.
Respected in republican circles, he was widely regarded as a thinker and theorist, having drawn up a plan while in prison on reorganisation of the Republican Socialist Movement. This ambitious plan, which placed all sections of the movement subordinate to the political direction of the IRSP, had been adopted by the INLA shortly before his death.
The Ta Power Document:
An Essay on the History of
the Irish Republican Socialist Movement
Power, Power, O’Reilly and Gargan – INLA – Junction of Friendly Street and Stewart Street, the Market. Irish National Liberation Army – James Power, Thomas Power, John O’Reilly and Emanuel Gargan.
Commissioned By: The Irish Republican Socialist Ex-.Prisoners Memorial Committee.
“In proud memory of our fallen comrades Irish National Liberation Army Vol. James ‘Jim’ Power Killed in action 7 May 1981 Vol. Thomas ‘Ta’ Power Assassinated 20 January 1987 Vol. John O’Reilly. Assassinated 20 January 1987 Vol. Emanuel Gargan Assassinated 21 March 1987 When the freedom of our country and class has been won let us guard it well remembering it was paid for by the blood and lives of those now dead Erected by the Irish Republican Socialist Ex-Prisoners Memorial Committee”. Date of Erection 11 May 2003
Plaque shows the IRSM symbol centred on top and an Irish tricolour crossed with a Starry Plough on each side. Plaque unveiled by family members of all commemorated Volunteers. Proceedings chaired by Gerard Murray of Teach Na Failte Belfast Memorial Committee. Main speaker at the unveiling ceremony: Gerry Ruddy.
“we must be vigilant that we dont sink into the morass of sectarianism, mixing, pettiness etc. We must not get involved in unprincipled slagging matches etc or into positions that are sectarian, anti-revolutionary, morally damaging that give succour to the enemy & that confuse & divide the working class” (Thomas ‘Ta’ Power – INLA Guerilla)
“Are we amateurs and not professionals? We know the lessons of history, we know the mistakes and we either act accordingly or collapse. Salvation lies in clarity and the courage to implement change” (Thomas ‘Ta’ Power – INLA Guerilla)
Fallen Comrades of the IRSM – Óglach Mary McGlinchey
Assassinated on 31 January 1987
Wife of Dominic McGlinchey and mother of two sons, Mary was a volunteer in the INLA, assassinated on 31 January, 1987.
24 years ago on January 31st, 1987, Mary McGlinchey, wife of INLA ledaer, Dominic was shot dead in her Dundalk home while she was bathing her two young sons. The brutal nature of the murder shocked the town, but to-day, 20 years on the file on her murder still remains open.On January 31st, 1987 Mary McGlinchey was shot dead in the bathroom of her home in Slieve Foy Park, Muirhevnamor, Dundalk while her two young children looked on.
Twenty years on the file on Mrs. McGlinchey death still remains open, but Gardai admit that it is highly unlikely that anyone will ever be brought to justice for the killing.
Mary McGlinchey was the wife of Dominic an Irish Republican paramilitary with the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) He was dubbed ‘Mad Dog’ by the press, but he personally disliked the name.
On 10 February 1994, McGlinchey himself was also the victim of a violent death. While making a call from a phone box in Drogheda, two men got out of a vehicle and proceeded to shoot him fourteen times.
Again no one has ever been charged with his murder and it is not known which group, whether Loyalist, Republican, state security service or criminal carried out the assassination. After his death, INLA activity decreased and its organisational capability was nearly eliminated.
It was, however, the brutal killing of Mary McGlinchey that caused shock waves in the town.
She was known to be an active member of the INLA and the decision by the Urban Council to allocate the family a house just months before her killing led to some soul searching among local officials and councillors who demanded a change in the rules for the allocation of such houses.
Mrs. McGlinchey had been living in a flat in Castle Road for over a year before applying for a house and while her application for a council house met all the criteria, it was a decision that the council officials were not that anxious to take.
In the midst of his paramilitary career, Dominic McGlinchey married Mary McNeill on 5 July 1975. The couple had three children, Declan, Dominic, and Mháire (who died as an infant resulting from meningitis).
On the night of her killing she was bathing her children Dominic Jnr. (then aged 9) and Declan (aged 11) in her Dundalk home. Dominic heard two men enter the back door of their terraced home at 9.20. He shouted to his mother who was downstairs at the time. She ran up the stairs to try to escape, but was cornered in the bathroom and tried to barricade the door.
She cried out to her killers “don’t shoot me”, but in front of Declan who was preparing to take his bath, they shot her seven times, with two of the bullets hitting her in the head.
Declan’s screams alerted neighbours who ran to the house, but by then the two gunmen had made their escape through the backdoor. They ran down a back alley and across the sportsfield to where they had a car waiting.
Despite intense Gardai activity at the time, the file on Mrs. McGlinchey’s death remains open, but it is thought that her killers were members of the INLA and her death was a reprisal for a killing of a South Armagh man by her husband.
Dominic was in prison on a weapons charge at the time and was not allowed to attend her funeral.
He was born into a Bellaghy family with a strong Irish Republican background. In August 1971, at the age of 17, he was interned without charge for ten months in the prison camps of Ballykelly and Long Kesh. After his release, he was imprisoned again in 1973 on arms charges.
After his next release, he joined a South Derry Independent Republican Unit along with Ian Milne and future Provisional IRA hunger strikers Francis Hughes and Thomas McElwee.
McGlinchey was arrested by the Gardaí in 1977 and charged with hijacking a police vehicle, threatening a police officer with a gun, and resisting arrest. While serving time in Portlaoise Prison, he clashed with the PIRA leadership and ceased his affiliation with that organisation.
He joined the INLA in 1982 as Operations Officer for South Derry and within six months became Chief of Staff. He made an immediate impact, putting an end to dissention within the organisation and building the organisation up throughout the country.
Actions carried out during this period included the bombing of the Mount Gabriel radar station in Co. Cork, which McGlinchey claimed was providing help to NATO in violation of Irish neutrality; the killing of 17 people (11 British soldiers and 6 civilians) by bombing the Droppin’ Well Pub; and numerous other attacks on British military personnel, RUC personnel, and loyalist paramilitary figures.
McGlinchey was arrested on St. Patrick’s Day, 1984, at Ralahine, Newmarket-on-Fergus in Co. Clare, and was extradited to Northern Ireland the same night. He was found guilty of murder and given a life sentence. In October 1985, the Belfast Appeals Court overturned the conviction on the grounds of insufficient evidence and McGlinchey was returned to the Irish Republic where he was sentenced to ten years in Portlaoise prison on firearms charges.
After his release from prison in March of 1993, he began investigating claims that the loyalist Ulster Volunteer Force was involved in money laundering with Irish criminals. In June of that year, he survived an assassination attempt made by UVF member Billy Wright.
The couple’s surviving children, Dominic and Declan are living in the North.
The family and friends of Dominic and Mary McGlinchey organized a wreath laying cermony to take place in Bellaghy at 7.pm on Easter Saturday. The IRSP accepted an invitation from the family to attend and are providing a colour party for the event. Dominic was a former INLA Chief of Staff and Mary was a former INLA volunteer who were both murdered by scumbags.
~ In no history has been a liberation movement that has fought alone and won liberation. Only when a concentrated power of the people rises in a revolution behind the liberation movement it attains fullness and maturity as people’s struggle, as a national struggle. Only in such a way is liberation possible. ~
” Gluaiseacht Ceannasachta na Dhá Chontae is Tríocha “
“There is no easy road to a Socialist Republic/ No short cuts! / We must strive towards uniting and politicising/ The working class no matter what obstacles/ Confront us in our task.
Fallen Comrades of the IRSM –Óglach Mickey Kearney
Assassinated by IPLO on 18 February 1987
Mickey Kearney: Fallen Comrade of the IRSM
Fallen Comrade of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement
Volunteer – Irish National Liberation Army
Assassinated on 18 February 1987
Mickey “Streetwise” Kearney, age 33 and a father of five, was
ambushed and murdered by the Irish People’s Liberation Organisation
after he slipped out of hiding to visit his wife and children in
Ballymurphy, West Belfast.
He had been released from prison before Christmas 1986 after charges
against him were withdrawn because the appeals judge rejected an
informer’s testimony. After Kearney’s release, he was placed on a hit
list by the IPLO, which forced him to go into hiding.
The IPLO was a counter-revolutionary group formed by individuals who
had resigned or been purged from the IRSM, who then came together to
destroy the IRSM.
A memorial to Kearney and another comrade was unveiled in the New
Barnsley area of West Belfast on 20 January 2003.
Kearney Michael and Campbell Patrick – INLA – Junction of New Barnsley Parade and Springfield Road, New Barnsley.
Irish National Liberation Army – Michael Kearney and Patrick Campbell. “In proud memory of our fallen comrades Vol. Michael “Mickey” Kearney Killed in action 18th February 1987 Vol. Patrick “Paddy Bo” Campbell Killed in action 10th October 1999 Irish National Liberation Army They shall live on in the hearts and minds of our people Erected by the Irish Republican Socialist Ex-Prisoners Memorial Committee”.
Fallen Comrades of the IRSM – Óglach Kevin Barry Duffy
Assassinated by IPLO on 21 March 1987
Kevin Barry DuffyVolunteer – Irish National Liberation Army.Assassinated on 21 March 1987
Kevin Barry Duffy, age 20, was killed in Armagh City by the IrishPeople’s Liberation Organisation in retaliation for the INLA’s
execution of IPLO leader Gerard Steenson on March 15th.The IPLO was a counter-revolutionary group formed by individuals who
had resigned or been purged from the IRSM, who then came together todestroy the IRSM.Gargan and Duffy were both involved in the INLA’s efforts to defenditself and the Irish Republican Socialist Party from the IPLO’s attacks.They died as they lived: as Republican Socialists. Remember them withhonour and pride.
Fallen Comrades of the IRSM – Óglach Emmanuel Gargan
Assassinated by IPLO on 21 March 1987
Volunteer – Irish National Liberation Army
Assassinated on 21 March 1987
Emmanuel Gargan, age 25, was killed in a South Belfast pub by anIrish People’s Liberation Organisation gunman in retaliation for theINLA’s execution of IPLO leader Gerard Steenson on March 15th. Garganhad survived two earlier attempts on his life by the IPLO, and was still on crutches from the second attempt when he was killed.
INLA Plaque (Friendly Street) General view of the street and the plaque on the gable wall. Four INLA members who were killed in the conflict.
Friendly Street, The Market, Shaftsbury, Belfast South, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Junction of Friendly Street and Stewart Street, The Market. 347737
Fallen Comrades of the IRSM – Óglach James McPhilemy
Killed in Action on 10 August 1988
Aged 20, McPhilemy was part of a three-man team when he was killed in action as he prepared to attack an army post at Clady, Co. Tyrone.
He had made himself vulnerable when he called out to warn children in the area to get down as soldiers opened fire and killed him.
Fallen Comrades of the IRSM – Óglach Alex Patterson
Killed in Action on 12 November 1990
Alex Patterson, aged 31, and a father of four from Strabane, County Tyrone, was shot dead on 12 November 1990 by an SAS team who had staked out the house of an Ulster Defence Regiment member near Victoria Bridge outside Strabane.
News reports at the time indicated that security forces had known ahead of time of an imminent INLA attack on the house
Patterson’s death was subject of an inquest in 1997, highlighting another example of Britain’s “shoot to kill” policy when dealing with republican activists.
INLA Memorial (Carlton Court)
INLA Memorial (Carlton Court) A close-up view of part of the ornate gates, with metal cut-outs depicting INLA members. INLA members James McPhilemy and Alex Patterson. Location Address: Carlton Court, Strabane, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. A close-up view of the memorial stone with Celtic cross.A close-up view of the inscription on the memorial stone.Inscriptions; Arm Saoirse Náisiúnta na h-Éireann | Vol. James McPhilemy Killed in Action 10 August 1988 | Vol. Alex Patterson Killed in Action 12 November 1990. Close to the junction of Carlton Court and Carlton Drive.
INLA Plot (Derry City Cemetery)
A view of the INLA Plot and part of the upper part of the Derry City Cemetery. Commemorating INLA and IRSP members who were killed in the conflict, plus some members who died of natural causes. There is also a memorial to the 10 Republicans who died on Hunger Strike in 1981. Comrades commemorated – Óglach Colm McNutt – Óglach Bobby Sands – Óglach Francis Hughes – Óglach Raymond McCreesh – Óglach Patsy O’Hara – Óglach Joe McDonnell – Óglach Martin Hurson – Óglach Kevin Lynch – Óglach Kieran Doherty – Óglach Thomas McElwee – Óglach Mickey Devine – Óglach Eugene McMonagle – Óglach Brendan Convery – Óglach Mary McGlinchey – Óglach James McPhilemy – Óglach Alex Patterson – Óglach Dominic McGlinchey – Óglach Dermot McShane . Derry City Cemetery, Creggan, Derry, County Derry, Northern Ireland.
Near west wall (south-west corner) of the City Cemetery in Creggan, Derry. Entering through the main Creggan gate the INLA plot can be found by following the road directly ahead and across the cemetery and then turning up towards the boundary wall.
” There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death, again and again, before we reach the mountain top of our desires ”
Fallen Comrades of the IRSM – Óglach Dominic McGlinchey
Assassinated on 10 February 1994
INLA Chief of Staff who was brought in to reform the INLA under “direct military rule”, he was the most-hunted republican in history, being the first in modern Irish history to be extradited by the Irish government to the North.
Assassinated on 10 February 1994, having just been released from prison not too long before.
Óglach Dominic McGlinchey (1954 – 10 February 1994) from Bellaghy, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland was an Irish republican paramilitary with the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA).
Background: McGlinchey was born into a large Bellaghy family (he had 10 siblings) with a strong Irish Republican
In the midst of his paramilitary career, he married Mary McNeill, from County Antrim on 5 July 1975.The couple had three children: Declan, Dominic, and Máire (who died as an infant from meningitis). Mary herself later became a volunteer in the INLA. Dominic Jr. also became a republican activist. In October 2006, Declan McGlinchey was remanded in custody at Londonderry Magistrates’ Court on explosives charges. The charges were connected to the discovery of a bomb in Bellaghy in July. He has since been cleared of these charges. Declan was again arrested on 14 March 2009 in connection with the murder of Police Service of Northern Ireland Constable Stephen Carroll. No charges have been brought.
In August 1971, at the age of 17, he was interned without charge for ten months in the prison camps of Ballykelly and Long Kesh. After his release, he was imprisoned again in 1973 on arms charges.
After his next release, he joined a South Derry Independent Republican Unit along with Ian Milne and future Provisional IRA hunger strikers Francis Hughes and Thomas McElwee. The unit would later merge with the Provisional IRA. Their activities led the Royal Ulster Constabulary to take the unusual step of issuing wanted posters.
McGlinchey was arrested by the Gardaí in 1977 and charged with hijacking a police vehicle, threatening a police officer with a gun, and resisting arrest. In 1982, while serving time in Portlaoise Prison, he clashed with the Provisional Irish Republican Army leadership. He was later court-martialled and dismissed for indiscipline.
McGlinchey joined the INLA in 1982 as Operations Officer for South Derry and became Chief of Staff within six months. His impact was immediate, as he put an end to dissent within the organisation and built it up throughout the country. After the British intelligence agencies decided that he had masterminded the Droppin Well bombing in Ballykelly, County Londonderry, it has been alleged that he was targeted for assassination by The ‘Det’. However an attempt to interdict him on 12 December 1982 failed with Roddy Carroll and Seamus Grew being killed as they allegedly ran a checkpoint. (Their deaths were subsequently investigated by John Stalker as part of his investigation into the Shoot-to-kill policy in Northern Ireland.)
In March 1984 McGlinchey was wounded in a shoot-out with the Gardaí in Ralahine, Newmarket on Fergus, County Clare and arrested. He was extradited to Northern Ireland and sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted of murder. This conviction was overturned in October 1985 by the Belfast Appeals Court on the grounds of insufficient evidence, and McGlinchey was returned to the Republic of Ireland where he was sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment on firearms charges.
His wife Mary was killed in Dundalk on 31 January 1987 by rogue members of the INLA. McGlinchey was unable to attend her funeral as he was still imprisoned in the Republic of Ireland. After being released from prison in March 1993, he investigated claims that Irish criminals were involved in money laundering with the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF). He survived an assassination attempt made by UVF member Billy Wright in June 1993.
On 10 February 1994, McGlinchey was making a call from a phone box in Drogheda when two men got out of a vehicle and proceeded to shoot him 14 times. It remains one of the most mysterious deaths in The Troubles. No-one has ever been charged with his murder and it is not known which group, whether loyalist, republican, state-security service or criminal carried out the assassination. After his death, INLA activity decreased and its organisational capability was nearly eliminated.
His funeral took place in Bellaghy, County Londonderry.The mourners included Martin McGuinness and Ruairí Ó Brádaigh. In spite of their differences McGlinchy was respected amongst the Provisional IRA for his service record. The oration was delivered by Bernadette McAliskey. During the oration she described journalists, particularly from the Sunday Independent, who had claimed that McGlinchy was involved in criminality as:
” curs and dogs. May everyone of them rot in hell. They have taken away Dominic McGlinchy’s character and they will stand judgement for it. He was the finest Republican of them all. He never dishonoured the cause he believed in. His war was with the armed soldiers and the police of this state ”
” There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death, again and again, before we reach the mountain top of our desires “
“Bernadette and Roisin McAliskey and Dominic’s sons carrying their fathers coffin ”
“All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.”
Fallen Comrades of the IRSM – Óglach Hessy Phelan
Murdered by U.S. Cop on 21 January 1996
A former member of the IRSP and the INLA, Hessy had moved to New York to get away from the troubles in the North.On 21 January 1996, a friend of Hessy’s, a bartender at a New York pub, asked her boyfriend, a New York cop with a record of excessive force complaints, to take Hessy to his apartment.
Once there, according to witnesses and trial testimony, the boyfriend shot Hessy in the head, and was convicted of manslaughter in 1999.
Fallen Comrades of the IRSM – Óglach Gino Gallagher
Assassinated on 30 January 1996
Gino Gallagher with other IRSP representatives at a press conference.and also at the IRSP offices in Belfast, standing before mural honouring Bonanza McCann, shortly before his assassination.
INLA Honour Guard standing watch over Gino, laying in state.
Members of the funeral cortege try to negotiate with RUC who attempted to stop funeral.Escorted by members of the IRSP and colour guard, members of Gino’s family carry his coffin towards Milltown.
RUC takes a swing at member of funeral cortege, trying to stop Gino’s funeral.Gino’s coffin carried by funeral cortege towards Milltown.After many delays and interruptions by the security forces, Gino’s funeral is finally allowed to take place.
Escorted by members of the IRSP and colour guard, members of Gino’s family carry his coffin towards Milltown.This cartoon, drawn by a movement supporter, highlights the questions and intrigue surrounding the assassination of Gino Gallagher, and the ridiculous claims and motives of those who killed him.Due to heavy police and military presence at the funeral, the INLA had to give their final salute to Gino some time after the funeral.
An extremely charismatic and popular republican socialist admired across republican lines and within the broader working class community, he was murdered by British agents on 30 January 1996.
Gino was credited with renovating and reopening Costello House, the IRSP offices in Belfast, and pushing the primacy of politics in the tradition of Costello and Power.
Gino also helped to restore the reputation of the INLA, reputedly having been personally responsible for several assassinations of Loyalist paramilitary figures within their own community strongholds.
Fallen Comrades of the IRSM – Óglach Dermot “Tonto” McShane
Murdered by British Army on 13 July 1996
Óglach Dermot McShane
Murdered on 13 July 1996
Dermot “Tonto” McShane, a former member of the Irish Republican
Socialist Party and the Irish National Liberation Army, was crushed by
a British military vehicle during a night of protests in Derry in
support of Catholic residents of Portadown’s Garvaghy Road who had
been beaten off their street to force an Orange Order parade through
The Royal Ulster Constabulary and British Army fired more than 6,000
plastic bullets at the protestors in Derry. He was standing behind a
board protecting himself from the onslaught when a British soldier
drove a vehicle at the board and crushed him beneath it.
On 28 May 2002, the European Court of Human Rights ruled in favour of
his widow, Teresa, who had sued the British Ministry of Defence, the
British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, and the former Chief
Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary for negligence and breach
of statutory duty.
A memorial to McShane and two other comrades was unveiled in the
Bogside area of Derry on 13 July 2003.
Fallen Comrades of the IRSM – Óglach John “Johnny Morocco” Morris,
Killed in Action on 5 June 1997
John “Johnny Morocco” Morris, aged 26, from Sundale Close, Tallaght, Co. Dublin, died in hospital a day after being shot at least twice in the back of the head and chest by gardai during an INLA expropriation at a newspaper distributor’s depot in Goldenbridge industrial estate in Inchicore, Dublin.
Reports say Morris had been a recruitment officer for the INLA in South Dublin.
The INLA identified Morris as a member on active service duty as a volunteer at the time he was killed. Three others with Morris during the expropriation were later jailed by the Special Criminal Court on 11 March 1998.
At his funeral, mourners were told that there would be “many more like John prepared to take up the fight on behalf of the Irish working class” and that he had been engaged in a struggle against “British imperialism and Irish capitalism.”
The garda was accused of failing to act against drug dealers and politicians of helping to divide society, at the funeral, and it was noted that Morris had observed the growth of economic inequality. “While some grew rich, many were ripped off and exploited” the crowd was told.
He was buried in with military honours at Bohernabreena Cemetary by a 12-man colour party, with a heavy gardai presence.
The gun Morris used was unloaded and he had offered surrender when the Garda arrived. Despite early press reports to the contrary, it was later clarified that Morris was shot in the back of the head.
If we are ready to sacrifice our heart, our mind, our body, our sweat, our tears, our blood, our life and our soul towards our destination for freedom then there is nothing in this world which is impossible
Fallen Comrades of the IRSM – Óglach Anthony Dornan
Died 16 April 1999
IRSP: In Memory of Anthony Dornan
6 May 1999
Anthony Dornan, one of the founders of the Irish Republican Socialist Party and Irish National Liberation Army died in Cork city on 16 April 1999. Though belated, the membership and supporters of the Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America extend our sympathy to the comrades of the IRSM, as well as to the family and friends of Comrade Dornan.
Anthony finally lost a long battle with cancer, but is warmly remembered by those within the IRSM who knew him.
We are advised by Deirdre Montgomery, daughter of another fallen member of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement, who attended the funeral, that it was lovely and was well attended.
Grave of Anthony Dornan – IRA Brigade Officer & INLA Chief of Staff – Milltown Cemetery West Belfast
“If you strike us down now, we shall rise again and renew the fight. You cannot conquer Ireland. You cannot extinguish the Irish passion for freedom. If our deed has not been sufficient to win freedom, then our children will win it by a better deed”
Fallen Comrades of the IRSM – Óglach Patrick Campbell
Killed in Action on 10 October 1999
Óglach Patrick Campbell (1977–1999) was a volunteer in the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) died on 10 October 1999 after being wounded during a conflict in Dublin, Ireland between the INLA and drug dealers.
Campbell was born in New Barnsley in west Belfast in Northern Ireland and moved to Dublin to work in the building industry. At some point, he joined the INLA, an Irish Republican paramilitary group. After his death, his parents said they were unaware that he had been involved in politics.
In the summer of 1999, the INLA became involved in a violent dispute with criminals in west Dublin. The INLA claims that it was trying to halt the sale of illegal drugs in the local working class community. Some reports claim that the businesses in an industrial estate appealed to the INLA for protection against a group of criminals and that the INLA were in fact offering support to the beleaguered community.
On 6 October 1999, Campbell and two other INLA men captured the drug gang members in a warehouse in Ballymount Industrial Estate in Walkinstown. The INLA men were bundling the captured men into a van when other drug gang members arrived and at the scene. During the scuffle that ensued, Campbell was stabbed in the leg with a samurai sword, severing an artery, causing a huge loss of blood ultimately causing his death. He was buried with full military honours in Milltown Cemetery in Belfast by the INLA who staged a show of force including a uniformed colour party. Over 1000 people attended his funeral. Campbell’s funeral was one of the last high profile republican paramilitary funerals in Ireland to date. A man was charged with Campbell’s murder but the charges were later dropped. Two INLA men were convicted for false imprisonmed]. In 2000 the INLA shot and killed a man in Inchicore in Dublin, purportedly in retaliation for the death of Patrick Campbell. Several more shootings have since been attributed to the feud.
Óglach Christopher “Crip” McWilliams
(15 December 1963 – 28 June 2008)
Christopher “Crip” McWilliams (15 December 1963 – 28 June 2008) was a member of both the Irish People’s Liberation Organisation (IPLO) and the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. He was convicted of the murder of Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF) leader Billy Wright.
McWilliams was born on 15 December 1963 and grew up in staunchly republican west Belfast. His 16-year-old brother Paul, a member of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) youth section (Na Fianna), was shot dead by British Army soldiers in 1977 as he allegedly threw petrol bombs at their observation post during rioting in Ballymurphy.The following week McWilliams placed a death notice in the Irish News regarding his brother’s death: “He was shot in the back by a coward and died a hero”.
In 1984, McWilliams was jailed for fourteen years for his part in a shoot-out in a flat in the Lenadoon area of west Belfast in which a leading INLA figure, Paul McCann, and a RUC policeman died, but did not serve the full sentence. Seven years later, while still a member of the IPLO, McWilliams was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Colm Mahon, a bar manager, on 15 December 1991, when Mahon asked McWilliams and his friends to leave the Frames Snooker Hall on Little Donegall Street, Belfast, on McWilliams’ birthday. McWilliams later claimed that he did not carry out the killing and stated that he would name an alleged IPLO gunmen who actually shot Mahon.
The shooting of Billy Wright
There were previous security breaches in connection with INLA prisoners in nearby Maghaberry prison, and McWilliams was among a number of INLA prisoners transferred from Maghaberry to the Maze.It was while McWilliams was at Maghaberry that he had joined the INLA.
On 27 December 1997, McWilliams shot and killed LVF leader Billy Wright, known as “King Rat”. Early in 1997 INLA inmates within the Maze prison had informed Prison Officers that “they intend, given a chance, to take out the LVF”.The Prison Officers Association said precautions had been put in place to ensure inmates from the two organisations did not come into contact with each other as the factions were not participating in ceasefires at the time, and were violently opposed to one another. Their prisoners, however, were housed in the same prison block – H-Block 6 and, despite any precautions that may have been taken, on 27 December 1997 an INLA team, armed with smuggled pistols and led by McWilliams and including John Kennaway and John “Sonny” Glennon, scaled the roof of A wing and dropped to the forecourt outside H Block 6. The three men immediately ambushed Wright in a prison van as it was taking him for a visit with his girlfriend and son. While Kennaway restrained the van’s driver, and with Glennon covering him, he slid open the rear door where Wright sat with another loyalist prisoner, Norman Green, and a Prison Officer. With an alleged smile on his face, McWilliams shouted the words: “Armed INLA volunteers” and pointed his pistol (a Hungarian PA-63 semi-automatic) at Wright, who instantly stood up and kicked out at McWilliams. As Green and the officer threw themselves onto the floor for safety, McWilliams opened fire on Wright. Wright, despite being shot, continued to kick and lash out; McWilliams then climbed into the van and kept on firing at Wright, hitting him a total of seven times. Wright died of the final shot which lacerated his aorta. The three men then returned to their wing and surrendered to prison guards. On 20 October 1998 they were convicted of murder and possession of a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life. They were sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder and twenty years for the firearms offence, but served only two years in jail due to the early release provisions of the Good Friday Agreement
McWilliams had served only two years for the murder of Wright and was released from Magilligan prison on 20 October 2000 under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement. Upon his release McWilliams offered to return to the Maze to stage a reconstruction of the murder but refused to go into the details of the attack. He also denied knowing that security cameras were not working and that a watch tower was unmanned that day. He also stated that the “decision was taken to eliminate Billy Wright solely because he was the man who had opted to direct a ruthless campaign of slaughter of innocent Catholics from inside Long Kesh”. In 2006, South Armagh Victims Campaigner, Willie Frazer, called for McWilliams to be returned to prison following accusations that McWilliam’s had become re-involved with dissident Republicans in South Down
Óglach Christopher “Crip” McWilliams
died on the morning of 28 June 2008 in Daisy Hill Hospital, Newry from cancer, aged 44
The rising sun can dispel the darkness of night, but it cannot banish the blackness of malice, hatred, and brutality, that Ireland has fought and defended, against the British government’s for over 800 years.Erins “Son’s and Daughter’s will conquer this evil ! In honor of our fallen comrades, with a force inherited from our Martyr’s! With our lives, our liberty, and will Free our nation! Then our children’s hearts will never be burdened with fear or loss “freedom is the road to spiritual pride and humanity”. There’s nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer we must take no steps backward; our steps must be onward, for if we don’t, the martyrs who died for you, for me, for this country, will haunt us for eternity.”” The devil reigns when good men do nothing”
“Tíocfaidh Ár Lá” Éirinn go brách