Jim Power: Fallen Comrade of the IRSM
- Fallen Comrade of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement
Staff Officer - Irish National Liberation Army
Killed in Action on 7 May 1981
Jim Power, age 21, was killed in the Markets area of South Belfast
while working on an explosive device which had been intended for use
against British military personnel.
Born on 25 March 1960 in the Markets, he joined the Official Irish
Republican Army's youth wing at the age of eleven, acting as a scout
and checking empty buildings for British undercover units. He joined
the INLA in 1975.
His brother Thomas, also an INLA staff officer, was the IRSM's leading
theoretician when he was assassinated by the counter-revolutionary
Irish People's Liberation Organisation in 1987. Their mother Margaret
was known for recording the song "Joe McCann" in tribute to the well-
known Official IRA activist assassinated by the British Army in 1972.
A memorial to Power and other comrades was unveiled in the Markets
area of South Belfast on 11 May 2003.