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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Provisional IRA founder O Bradaigh dies aged 80

Ruairi O Bradaigh
Ruairi O Bradaigh
Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

THE former leader of Republican Sinn Fein and one of the founders of the Provisional IRA, Ruairi O Bradaigh, has died at the age of 80.

A former IRA leader and Sinn Fein president, he vehemently opposed the Good Friday Agreement, although it was endorsed by the majority of the population North and South.

He was considered a thorn in the side of the peace process for many decades, after moving to set up the Provisional IRA along with others in 1970.

Mr O Bradaigh was a Sinn Fein president, IRA chief of staff in the 1950s during the Border campaign and was interned in the Curragh during that period. He was also a Sinn Fein TD, serving Longford and Westmeath from 1957 to 1961.

After joining the IRA ahead of its 1956 to 1962 campaign, he was part of the IRA squad that attacked an RUC barracks at Derrylin, Co Fermanagh, where Constable John Scally was killed.

Republican Sinn Fein was formed in 1986 after Mr O Bradaigh walked out of the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis after the party voted in favour of taking seats in the Dail.

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams acknowledged their differences but expressed his sadness upon learning of Mr O Bradaigh's death.

Mr O Bradaigh is mourned by his wife Patsy, children and grandchildren.

Irish Independent

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