Founding Provisional IRA member dies

One of the founding members of the Provisional IRA has died aged in his late nineties.

Billy McKee led the organisation in Belfast at one stage.

He split from Sinn Fein decades ago and condemned the signing of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement and the decommissioning of paramilitary weapons.

McKee enjoyed legendary status among republicans at the start of the Troubles when he took to the streets of west Belfast after loyalist attacks in 1969.

He joined the Provisionals after the IRA’s move towards Marxism in the 1960s.

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