Assassinated by IPLO on 20 January 1987
Aged 33, assassinated by IPLO with John O'Reilly at
the Rossnaree Hotel outside Drogheda. He and O'Reilly had gone to
the hotel to reach an agreement with the IPLO. One of those who
carried out the assassination was Gerard Steenson.
From Friendly Street in the Markets area of south Belfast, he had
been in the OIRA but joined the INLA in 1975 while a prisoner in
Noted for having spent the longest time on remand (4 years and 4
months) on the word of grass Harry Kirkpatrick, he was also held on
the evidence of five different supergrasses, and had just been
released from Crumlin Road a short time before he was killed.
Respected in republican circles, he was widely regarded as a thinker
and theorist, having drawn up a plan while in prison on
reorganisation of the Republican Socialist Movement. This ambitious
plan, which placed all sections of the movement subordinate to the
political direction of the IRSP, had been adopted by the INLA
shortly before his death.