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Date Posted: Wed, Dec 13 2006, 21:15:02 PST
Author: Danielle Ni Dhighe
Subject: Fallen Comrades of the IRSM: December

Fallen Comrades of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement


Michael Montgomery
Died on 1 December 1984

Michael Montgomery was a former Irish Republican Socialist Party
spokesperson, Irish National Liberation Army officer commanding, and
elected member of the Derry City Council representing the working
class area of Creggan.

He joined the Irish Republican Army in the 1950s and participated in
the Border Campaign of 1956-62, at one point being on the run from
British authorities for several years. He was interned without trial
in 1971 and was one of the men known as "the hooded men" who were
subjected to sensory deprivation as a form of torture after their arrests.

He died of natural causes at the age of 48 and was laid to rest next
to INLA hunger strikers Patsy O'Hara and Michael Devine in Derry City



Joe Craven
Volunteer - Irish National Liberation Army
Assassinated on 5 December 1983

Joe Craven, age 26, was assassinated by an Ulster Volunteer Force
gunman (using the cover name Protestant Action Force) who opened fire
from a motorcycle, killing him and wounding his two brothers as they
walked home from the Department of Health and Social Services office
in Newtownabbey, County Antrim.

At his funeral, the priest refused to accompany the coffin to Milltown
Cemetery in West Belfast, where the INLA were to provide military honours.

The Royal Ulster Constabulary moved in, trying to prevent the display
of a black beret and gloves atop the coffin outside the Craven home,
and clashes occurred between the mourners and the RUC. The family
refused to bring the coffin out until the security forces moved back.
When they finally did move away, the coffin was brought back out, but
the RUC immediately moved in again. Two men were arrested in the
subsequent scuffle.

The coffin was eventually carried away by mourners with the beret,
gloves, and Starry Plough flag on top.

A memorial to Craven was unveiled in the Bawnmore area of North
Belfast on 9 December 2002.



Colm McNutt
Volunteer - Irish National Liberation Army
Killed in Action on 12 December 1977

Colm McNutt, age 18, was killed in a Derry car park on the edge of the
Bogside near Butcher's Gate by an undercover unit of the British
Army's Special Air Service. Circumstances suggested he was victim of a
"shoot to kill" policy.

A memorial to McNutt and two other comrades was unveiled in the
Bogside area of Derry on 13 July 2003.



Seamus Grew
Volunteer - Irish National Liberation Army
Assassinated on 12 December 1982

Seamus Grew, age 31, was killed along with Roddy Carroll when the car
they were in was fired on by members of the Royal Ulster
Constabulary's E4 anti-terrorist unit at a checkpoint in Armagh City.

Both men were unarmed and were killed instantly. The RUC had been
led to believe by an informer that their real target, INLA chief of
staff Dominic McGlinchey, would be in the car as it crossed the
border from an INLA meeting in County Monaghan in the 26 Counties.

In 1979, Grew had been shot in the throat, captured, and sentenced to
four years for INLA activities. He was released after serving two
years and survived an assassination attempt by loyalist gunmen two
months before he was killed. His brother Dessie was a Provisional
IRA member killed by the British Army's Special Air Service at
Loughgall, County Armagh in 1990.

RUC Constable John Robinson was put on trial for his role in the
murders but was found not guilty. He claimed the RUC officers thought
they had been shot at. When challenged with evidence that Grew and
Carroll were unarmed, Robinson claimed instead that the two men had
crashed through a roadblock and the RUC officers were fearful of
being run down by the car.

The judge said he was not concerned with an RUC coverup, only
whether Robinson was guilty or not. Not surprisingly, he ruled that
Robinson "honestly believed he was fired at and his life was in



Roddy Carroll
Volunteer - Irish National Liberation Army
Assassinated on 12 December 1982

Roddy Carroll, age 21, was killed along with Seamus Grew when their
car was fired on by the Royal Ulster Constabulary's E4 anti-terrorist
unit at a checkpoint in Armagh City. Security forces claimed he was
the INLA's top gunman in County Armagh.



Ronnie Trainor
Member - Irish Republican Socialist Party
Volunteer - Irish National Liberation Army
Assassinated on 15 December 1975

Ronnie Trainor, age 17, died from injuries received when his home in
the Ballyoran Park area of Portadown, County Armagh was bombed by the
pro-British death squad known as the Ulster Volunteer Force.

His mother Dorothy was murdered by loyalists earlier in 1975. His
brother Thomas, an INLA staff officer, was killed by the UVF three
years later.



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

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