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John Morris/Brendan McNamee: Fallen Comrades of the IRSM

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  • Danielle Ni Dhighe
    Fallen Comrades of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement ******* John Morris Volunteer - Irish National Liberation Army Killed in Action on 5 June 1997 John
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      Fallen Comrades of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement

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      John Morris
      Volunteer - Irish National Liberation Army
      Killed in Action on 5 June 1997

      John "Johnny Morocco" Morris, aged 26, from Sundale Close, Tallaght,
      County Dublin, died in hospital a day after being shot by Irish
      police during an INLA expropriation in Goldenbridge Industrial
      Estate, Inchicore, County Dublin.

      The gun he used was unloaded and he offered to surrender when the
      police arrived. Despite early press reports to the contrary, it was
      later clarified at an inquest that he had been shot seven times in
      the back and in the head.

      He was a recruitment officer for the INLA in South Dublin as well as
      a prominent anti-drugs activist in Tallaght. The INLA identified him
      as a member on active duty at the time he was killed. Three other
      INLA members who were with him during the expropriation were jailed
      by the Special Criminal Court on 11 March 1998.

      He was buried in Dublin's Bohernabreena Cemetery with paramilitary
      honours from a twelve man INLA colour party, and there was a large
      police presence.

      His family announced in May 2003 that they would sue the Irish
      government for wrongful death. In March 2004, the Irish High Court
      ruled against his family's attempt to challenge the coroner's
      decision not to release statements and other material relating to the
      investigation before the inquest.

      A memorial to Morris was unveiled above his grave in Bohernabreena
      Cemetery on 13 June 2004.

      http://www.irsp.ie/Background/fallen/morris.html

      *******

      Brendan McNamee
      Member - Irish Republican Socialist Party
      Staff Officer - Irish National Liberation Army
      Assassinated on 6 June 1975

      Brendan McNamee, aged 22, was assassinated on the Stewartstown Road
      in West Belfast during a period when the Official Irish Republican
      Army was trying to smash the recently formed IRSM, leading to blame
      initially being placed on the Official IRA although it has since been
      claimed that the Provisional IRA was responsible in an attempt to
      stem further defections from their organisation, as McNamee had
      recently done.

      A memorial to McNamee and another comrade was unveiled in the
      Andersonstown area of West Belfast on 22 June 2003.

      http://www.irsp.ie/Background/fallen/mcnamee.html

      *******

      They died as they lived: as Republican Socialists. Remember them with
      honour and pride.
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