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6750Paul McCann: Fallen Comrade of the IRSM

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  • Danielle Ni Dhighe
    Jun 14, 2013
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      Fallen Comrade of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement

      Paul McCann
      Staff Officer - Irish National Liberation Army
      Killed in Action on 15 June 1984

      Paul "Bonanza" McCann, age 20, was killed in questionable
      circumstances during an early morning raid on a flat in the Lenadoon
      area of West Belfast by the Royal Ulster Constabulary.

      One RUC constable was killed and two others were injured during the
      raid. The RUC initially claimed that McCann opened fire on them and
      they returned fire, but subsequently claimed they had fired no shots.

      Three men (including Christopher "Crip" McWilliams and future INLA
      chief of staff Gino Gallagher) and a woman who were with McCann were
      arrested at the scene.

      The route of his funeral procession was blocked by security forces
      after four masked men lined up behind his coffin. The procession was
      allowed to progress only when organisers agreed it would continue
      without the honour guard.

      His funeral was large, and prominent members of other republican
      organisations, including Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams, were in attendance.
      During the eulogy, McCann was described as "one of the finest
      soldiers to ever fight for national liberation and socialism."

      A memorial to McCann and other comrades was unveiled 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.