6732Hessy Phelan: Fallen Comrade of the IRSM
- Jan 20, 2013Fallen Comrade of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement
Murdered on 21 January 1996
Hessy Phelan, a former member of the Irish Republican Socialist Party
and the Irish National Liberation Army from Derry, moved to New York
City, leaving behind the Troubles in the North of Ireland.
On 21 January 1996, a friend of Phelan's asked her boyfriend, a New
York City police officer with a record of excessive force complaints,
to take Phelan to his apartment. Once there, according to witnesses
and trial testimony, the officer shot him in the head. The officer was
convicted of manslaughter in 1999.
A memorial to Phelan and two other comrades was unveiled in the
Bogside area of Derry on 13 July 2003.
He died as he lived: as a Republican Socialist. Remember him with
honour and pride.
Article about the memorial unveiling:
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