6738Hugh Ferguson: Fallen Comrade of the IRSM
- Feb 19, 2013Fallen Comrade of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement
Branch Chairperson - Irish Republican Socialist Party
Volunteer - Irish National Liberation Army
Assassinated on 20 February 1975
Hugh Ferguson, age 19, was the first person to be killed during the
Official Irish Republican Army's attacks on the newly formed IRSM. He
was shot to death at a building site in the Whiterock area of West
Belfast where he was working.
After the IRSM was founded by ex-members of the Official Republican
Movement (Official Sinn Fein and the OIRA) in 1974, the OIRA
attempted to destroy the IRSM before it could get off the ground. By
the time a truce was called in 1975, three members of the IRSM were
dead and forty had been injured.
At the time of his death, Ferguson was the chair of the IRSP's
Whiterock branch and a volunteer in the INLA. He had been a member of
the ORM prior to joining the IRSM.
A memorial to Ferguson and another comrade was unveiled in the
Whiterock area of West Belfast on 23 February 2003.
He died as he lived: as a Republican Socialist. Remember him with
honour and pride.
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