Billy McKee Wiki
An iconic defender of his people. A life lived in struggle. A man of Principle. A man of action. A man who stood against the might of the British Army. A man who stood in the Bearna Bhaoil when duty called. A friend and comrade of my Granda. Billy McKee – Rest in Eternal peace. pic.twitter.com/nPKKamUWZk
— Chuck (@ChuckReboots) June 12, 2019
Billy McKee was an Irish republican and a founding member and leader of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA).
Billy McKee Age
He was 98 Years old.
Billy McKeen Early life
He was instrumental in forming a ruthless terror group that engaged in sectarian murder and indiscriminate bombing while he commanded it. My thoughts are with the victims of PIRA violence today.
“Billy McKee: Provisional IRA founding member dies” https://t.co/ej9lo3KuVF
— Cllr Dale Pankhurst (@Dale_Pankhurst) June 12, 2019
McKee was born in Belfast in 1921 and joined the Irish Republican Army (IRA) in 1939. During the Second World War, the IRA carried out a number of armed actions in Northern Ireland known as the Northern Campaign. McKee was arrested and imprisoned in Crumlin Road Gaol until 1946 for his role in this campaign. In 1956, the IRA embarked on another armed campaign against the existence of Northern Ireland, known as the Border Campaign. McKee was again arrested and interned for the duration of the campaign. He was released in 1962.
Upon release, he became Officer Commanding (OC) of the IRA’s Belfast Brigade. However, he resigned this position in 1963, after a dispute with other Republicans after McKee acceded to a Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) demand that he does not fly an Irish tricolour during a republican march. He was succeeded by Billy McMillen.
A giant of Republicanism, a man of the people, a man of deep commitment and faith. His name has went down in history, his values and legacy will continue to inspire young Republicans for generations to come.
Rest in peace
Pic Easter commemoration in Belfast 2016. pic.twitter.com/QxIk9tbQQ8
— Cáit Trainor (@Caittrainor) June 12, 2019
As the 1960s went on, McKee drifted away from the IRA. He grew very disillusioned with the organization’s increasing emphasis on socialism and reformist politics over “armed struggle”. McK
Billy McKeen Later life
A faction led by Adams managed to get McKee voted off the IRA Army Council in 1977, effectively forcing him out of the leadership of the organization. McKee’s health suffered in this period and he did not resume his IRA activities. He joined Republican Sinn Féin after a split in Sinn Féin in 1986.
Sad to hear of the passing of Billy McKee. My uncle had great memories of sharing a Belfast Prison cell with him in the 40s and marking him in the gaols all-Ireland championship.
“Lay him away in the hillside, along with the brave and the bold.”
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam pic.twitter.com/T9J0Hzdn9a
— Pádraig Ó hEacháin (@HeachainO) June 12, 2019
In more recent years McKee, Brendan Hughes, and Tommy McKearney were critical of the Belfast Agreement and of the reformist politics of Sinn Féin.
Provisional IRA founding member Billy McKeen Death
Belfast republican Billy McKee, a founding member of the Provisional IRA, has died.
McKee, 97, is believed to have been a former officer commanding of the IRA in Belfast and a member of its “army council”.
He was born in 1921 and is believed to have joined the IRA in the 1930s.
In 1972, McKee led a hunger strike in an effort to win recognition of IRA prisoners as political prisoners.
He later left the Provisional IRA and joined Republican Sinn Féin in the 1980s.
Billy McKee died on 12 June 2019 in the age of 98 years.
Sad news coming from Belfast this morning that veteran Republican, Billy McKee, has sadly passed away.
The contribution Billy made to Republicanism cannot and should not be underestimated. “From I was 15 until 65 I was in some way involved. I have had p… https://t.co/IZhdlCLi0z pic.twitter.com/VrnRrwyf9u
— Irish Revolutionaries (@IrishRevolutio2) June 12, 2019