Killed in Action on 15 June 1984
Described in an INLA statement to Belfast news
agencies as an "INLA staff officer in the Belfast Brigade and an
outstanding worker in the republican socialist movement" as well as
"one of our finest volunteers", Paul "Bonanza" McCann was killed in
questionable circumstances during a midnight raid by the RUC and
British troops in a flat in Lenadoon, west Belfast.
Three men (one of them Gino Gallagher) and a woman who were with
McCann were arrested at the scene. One RUC constable was killed and
two others injured during the raid.
Initial reports from the RUC said McCann was slain when police
opened fire after he shot at officers, but later the RUC said no
shots were fired by the police or army.
Attempts by RUC and soldiers to stop a military-style funeral for
McCann resulted in clashes after the route was blocked by security
forces when four masked men lined up behind the coffin. The funeral
was allowed to progress only when organisers agreed that the funeral
would continue without the honour guard being present.