1939 – 1999
Who was Éamonn O'Doherty?
In 1973, he was promoted to the IRA General Headquarters Staff and after the arrest of Séamus Twomey later that year, he was appointed chief of staff. He remained in this position until his own arrest and imprisonment in Portlaoise jail in 1974.
After his release, he resumed his work with the IRA GHQ and after a year he was sent on a mission to the USA, where he was arrested and detained for one year. He subsequently undertook a number of missions in various parts of the world on behalf of the IRA.
In the 1986 split in the Republican Movement, O’Doherty sided with Republican Sinn Féin and refused to recognise the legitimacy of Dáil Éireann in Leinster House. O’Doherty felt that the decision to recognise the Irish state was a “greater treachery even than Collins and company”.
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