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6742Danny Loughran: Fallen Comrade of the IRSM

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  • Danielle Ni Dhighe
    Apr 5, 2013
      Fallen Comrade of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement

      Danny Loughran
      Staff Officer - Irish National Liberation Army
      Assassinated on 6 April 1975

      Danny Loughran, a 20-year-old expert marksman and former soldier in
      the Irish Army (the military of the 26 Counties' government), was
      assassinated by the Official Irish Republican Army close to his home
      in the Divis Flats area of West Belfast during a period when the
      newly formed IRSM came under attack from former comrades in the OIRA.
      He was a member of the OIRA before joining the INLA in December 1974.

      He was given a paramilitary funeral with a volley of shots fired over
      his coffin. He was a staff officer in the INLA, although 'PLA'
      (People's Liberation Army, an early name used by the INLA) was carved
      on his gravestone in West Belfast's Milltown Cemetery.

      At his funeral, an Irish Republican Socialist Party spokesperson said,
      "there are not enough bullets in Cyprus Street or in Gardiner Place
      [Official Sinn Fein offices in Belfast and Dublin] to kill the dream
      for which he died."

      A memorial to Loughran and other comrades was dedicated in the Lower
      Falls area of West Belfast on 10 April 2003.

      He died as he lived: a Republican Socialist. Remember him with honour
      and pride.

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