Brian Gillen

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Brian "Ginger" Gillen (born 1956/57)[1] is a volunteer in the Belfast Brigade of the Provisional Irish Republican Army, and, later, named to the IRA Army Council.[2][3]

His solicitor was Patrick Finucane, who was shot dead by loyalists in 1989.[4]

In 1995 Gillen, as Officer Commanding of the IRA's Belfast Brigade, was a member of the IRA Executive and was critical of the strategy employed by Gerry Adams.[5] In 1997, he was elected to the Army Council with the backing of Adams, after he backed the leadership over dissident republicans who wished to steer the IRA in a more hardline direction.[6]

In 2000, Gillen, along with Adams, Martin McGuinness, Pat Doherty and Brian Keenan were issued with a subpoena, in order to appear at Northern Ireland High Court as part of a civil action which was taken by relatives of the 29 Omagh bombing victims.[7]


  1. ^ Gillen age given as 58 as of 8 September 2015,; accessed 24 September 2015.
  2. ^ Guardian article
  3. ^ Sinn Fein leaders ordered to court,; accessed 24 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Collusion - Transcript of BBC Panorama programme". CAIN. 19 July 2002. Retrieved 25 September 2007. 
  5. ^ Moloney, Ed (2002). A Secret History of the IRA. Penguin Books. pp. 438–439. ISBN 0-14-101041-X. 
  6. ^ A Secret History of the IRA, pp. 477-479.
  7. ^ Adams is subpoenaed by Omagh relatives to appear at civil action,; accessed 24 September 2015.