Remembering Volunteers Ronnie Bunting & Noel Little, Belfast Brigade, (INLA) Irish National Liberation Army.

Remembering with pride Volunteers Ronnie Bunting & Noel Little, Belfast Brigade, Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) who were murdered by Loyalist paramilitaries, on the 15th of October 1980.

Ronnie Bunting was a staff officer in the INLA and the commander of its Belfast Brigade, as well as a member of the IRSP’s Ard Chomhairle (national executive) and a member of the National H-Block/Armagh Committee, formed to support the struggle of prisoners of war within British prisons in the North of Ireland.

He grew up in a middle class Protestant family, and because of this background, pro-British loyalists considered him to be a “renegade Protestant.”

His father was Major Ronald Bunting, a British Army officer who became an aide to Ian Paisley and organized attacks on civil rights marchers in 1969.

He began his political activism while an arts student at Queen’s
University of Belfast. He was briefly a member of People’s Democracy before joining Official Sinn Féin and the Official Irish Republican Army in 1970. He was interned without trial by the British government in its Long Kesh prison camp from 1971 to 1973.

He was expelled from OSF and the OIRA in 1974 because of his support for Seamus Costello. When Costello formed the IRSP and the INLA on 8 December 1974, Bunting was there with him.

Ronnie Bunting was only 32 when he was assassinated in his home in the Turf Lodge area of West Belfast. Although a pro-British death squad known as the Ulster Freedom Fighters took credit, a unit of the British Army’s Special Air Service was suspected of carrying out the assassination. Three previous attempts on Bunting’s life had been made between 1975 and 1978.

Noel Little, a fellow member of the IRSP and the INLA, was also killed in the attack. Ronnie’s wife Suzanne survived being shot in the head.

A memorial to Bunting and Little was unveiled in the Gransha/Turf Lodge area of West Belfast on 13 October 2002.

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Noel Little began his political activism in the 1960s as a member ofthe Northern Ireland Labour Party before becoming involved in theNorth’s civil rights movement and helping to found People’s Democracy.

Opposition within People’s Democracy to the growing armed struggle eventually led Little to leave and join the small Red Republican Party. After discussions with members of the IRSP in Belfast, he joined the IRSP and the INLA in 1980. He was also a member of the National H-Block/Armagh Committee.

He was 44 when he was assassinated along with Ronnie Bunting by what was suspected to be a unit of the British Army’s Special Air Service, although a pro-British death squad known as the Ulster Freedom Fighters took credit.
A memorial to Little and Bunting was unveiled in the Gransha/Turf Lodge area of West Belfast on 13 October 2002.

With many thanks to: Stephen Codd for the original story. 

RUC/PSNI probe ‘shots fired’ at funeral in West Belfast.

Image captionThe video was reportedly filmed at the funeral of Barry McMullan on Monday

Police have launched an investigation after video emerged of shots apparently being fired at a republican funeral in west Belfast.

The video shows two masked men firing a volley of shots into the air as two children stand nearby.

It was posted on a YouTube channel called IRSP (Irish Republican Socialist Party) Media Belfast.

The channel indicates that the video was filmed at the funeral of Barry McMullan on Monday.

The published description of the video reads: “Irish Republican Socialist Movement lay Comrade Barry McMullan to rest with full honors (sic). Belfast, June 26th 2017.”

Det Ch Insp Gary Reid said: “Police are aware of the footage showing shots apparently being fired by masked men in west Belfast in recent days.

“An investigation is underway.”

With many thanks to the BBC for the origional story.

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Óglach John Morocco Morris Good and faithful son of Eire.

The mighty and fearless INLA.

With many thanks to: Chairde ar an Arm Náisiúnta Fuascailte na hÉireann.

Óglach Micky Kearney – Belfast Brigade, Irish National Liberation Army (INLA).

Micky Kearney, aged 33, and a father of five, was from West Belfast and was highly respected among his comrades in the Republican Socialist Movement.

Micky had been an active Volunteer within the INLA and a committed Activist with the IRSP since joining the Movement. After a spell in Prison, he was released just before Christmas 1986.

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Upon his release from Gaol, Micky immediately reported back to duty with his local INLA Unit. The loss of Micky was hugely felt by all who knew him.

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With many thanks to: Cara O’Shay.

Police probe online paramilitary images

POLICE are investigating after an image was posted online showing a masked man apparently firing shots in tribute to a Socialist Republican in west Belfast.

“The final salute to comrade Harry O’Hara” – IRSP.

Photographs posted on Facebook by the Irish Republican Socialist Party (IRSP) – the politicial wing of the Irish National Liberation Party (INLA) – show masked men posing on a street with a picture of Harry O’Hara. Mr O’Hara, from Norglen Drive in the Turf Lodge area, died on February 28th and was buried in the City Cemetery earlier this month following Requiem Mass at Holy Trinity Church. Among death notices expressing sympathy at Mr O’Hara’s passing was one from “Connor Hughes, Cogús Republican Prisoners” in Maghaberry Jail.

West Belfast – INLA

The IRSP’s Belfast branch posted photos on Facebook of a “final salute to comrade Harry O’Hara”. It said “Harry was a loyal republican socialist and he will always be remembered with honour and pride by the Republican Socialist Movement” (RSM). The images show masked men dressed in paramilitay-style uniform posing beside candles and a photo of Mr O’Hara (copy of picture above). In one, a member of the group raises a gun above his head in a firing motion.

The images have been condemned by SDLP councillor Tim Attwood, who represents the area on Belfast City Council. “These are scenes which belong in the past. There is no excuse for masked gunmen on the streets of our city, no matter what the context,” he said. “This was a reckless act and should be roundly condemned.” A RUC/PSNI spokeswoman said: “Police are aware of footage on social media showing shots apparently being fired by a masked man in west Belfast. An investigation is under way.”

With many thanks to: John Monaghan, The Irish News, for the origional story.

Gino Gallagher 1963-1996

Gino Gallagher was callously murdered by a hired assassin over 15 years ago on January 30th, 1996. Born Gino Majella Gallagher in 1963 to Irish Republican parents, his mother Theresa was a member of the first Ard-Chomhairle of the Irish Republican Socialist Party (IRSP) and his father, Patrick, had been on hunger and thirst strike in a Dutch prison protesting against extradition to Britain in the 1970’s.

Gino Gallagher 1963-1996

Contemporary IRSP activists and especially younger Irish Republican Socialists, who may not have known him owe much to Gino Gallagher, not least being that he is credited with refurbishing Costello House, the IRSPs national headquarters on Belfast’s Falls Road. At his insistence, Costello House was transformed from being a run-down, semi-derelict building into something resembling the working party offices that exist there today. Gino Gallagher, in his then role as IRSP POW spokesperson was responsible for obtaining the re-patriation of INLA prisoners from English gaols. He also was instrumental in forcing the NIO to agree to negotiating rights for the Irish Republican Socialist Party in relation to the INLA prisoners in Long Kesh.

Politician and Soldier, Soldier and Politician
Although a feared military operator, who at the time of his death was Chief of Staff of the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) he was also a highly politicized Republican Socialist activist who embodied Ta Power’s doctrine of ‘every soldier a politician, every politician a soldier’. Gino Gallagher was instrumental in promoting the central tenets of Ta Power’s analysis and vision for the Republican Socialist Movement which stressed the primacy of politics. Gino Gallagher described Ta Power as, ‘the biggest influence in my life’ . Tragically, both men were to meet similar cruel ends, cut down by the Judas bullets of counter-revolutionaries.

Gino Gallagher was made INLA Chief of Staff following the arrest and subsequent expulsion of Hugh Torney and his associates when they declared an unauthorised INLA ceasefire from the dock of a Dublin courtroom in 1995, in return for a successful bail application after their arrest in Ballbriggan. By all accounts, Torney had been an a one-dimensional militarist, at best, and his tenure as INLA Chief of Staff was marked by his concerted attempts at running down the political wing, the IRSP. Torney would have resented Gino Gallagher’s reversal of the IRSP’s political fortunes and his drive to make the party the significant player it had once been.

Feared In Life and Death
Gino Gallagher was cruelly shot dead as he waited to sign-on at the Falls Road offices of the Social Security Agency, on the anniversary of Bloody Sunday, 1996. The assassin who the Torney cabal hired to murder one of the IRSM’s most able leaders was Kevin McAlorum, the career criminal son of an infamous North Belfast drugs dealer. Both Torney and McAlorum met violent ends, the former only 8 months later on 3 September 1996 and the hired assassin 8 years later on June 4th, 2004, by grim irony only the day after Gino Gallagher’s father’s funeral.

Even in death the forces of reaction feared and hated Gino Gallagher, heavily armed RUC and British army stormtroopers invaded the family home, disrupted the funeral procession and beat mourners. Gino Gallagher was buried in Milltown cemetery on 2 February, 1996, with the funeral oration delivered by IRSP Ard Chomhairle member, Michael McCormick, who paid tribute to his political activism and revolutionary zeal. The oration praised Gino Gallagher’s promotion of ‘open democratic discussion’ , his struggle against ‘elitist, militaristic and non-political attitudes in the movement’ and how he, through determined activism ‘along with others, revitalised the Republican Socialist Movement.’ Gino Gallagher’s funeral oration ended with the sentence:

“Finally, as we lay this Volunteer and Comrade ino the soft green soil
of his native land, remember him each time you gaze into the stars
and see there etched across the sky, the Plough and the Stars!”

Today, his cowardly killer and those who hired him have been dispatched to the dustbin of history but Gino Gallagher’s image is immortalised in murals and commemorative plaques in his native west Belfast. Though times have changed greatly since 1996, Gino Gallagher’s legacy lives on in a revitalised IRSP that has fully endorsed the primacy of politics and continues to represent the interests of working-class people.

Information Taken From: http://www.theworkersrepublic.com/irsm-leader-gino-gallagher-remembered.html

With many thanks to: Stephen Codd.

Fallen Comrades of the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA).

Thirty years ago, in 1987, these five brave INLA Volunteers sacrificed their lives in defence of the Republican Socialist Movement.

They gave up everything for their families, for their friends, for their comrades, for their communities, for the working class; for their country.

We remember them with honour and with pride.

With many thanks to: Irish Fenian Brotherhood.