IRA Quartermaster General

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The IRA Quartermaster General (QMG) runs a department which is responsible for obtaining, concealing and maintaining the store of weaponry of the Irish Republican Army. In the Provisional IRA, the QMG department is large and important department. It works closely with the IRA Engineering Department, which develops weapons.

A number of people have held the post of QMG. In 1997, the then QMG, Michael McKevitt broke away from the Provisional IRA[1] to form the Real IRA, taking PIRA weaponry to his breakaway organization.[2]

List of Quartermasters General[edit]

1917-1920: Michael Staines[3]
1920-1921: Seán Mac Mahon
1922: Liam Mellows
1923-1924 Sean O'Muirthile
F. Cronin?
1927-1936: Seán Russell[4]
1936-1937: Mick Fitzpatrick[5]
from 1937: James Hannegan[6]
from 1941: Charlie McGlade[7]
1942-1943: Harry White[8]
1940s: Archie Doyle[9]
from c.1950: Larry Grogan[10]
1959-1962: Cathal Goulding[11]
from 1962: Mick Ryan (also first QMG of the Official IRA from 1969)[12]
to 1966: Prior[11]
from 1966: Jimmy Quigley[13]
late 1960s: Pat Regan[14]
1969: Dáithí Ó Conaill[15]
1969-1971: Jack McCabe[16]
1971-1972: Denis McInerey[15]
1972-1973: Patrick Ryan[15]
from 1973: Brian Keenan[15]
1980s: Frank Hegarty[17]
to 1985: Kevin Hannaway[15]
1985-1997: Michael McKevitt[15][18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Security, Global. "New Irish Republican Army". www.globalsecurity.org/. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Institute, Mackenzie. "Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA)". Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Free state senate by-election", Irish Times, 25 July 1929
  4. ^ James Gillogly, Decoding the IRA, pp.7-8
  5. ^ Uinseann MacEoin, The IRA in the twilight years: 1923-1948, p.17
  6. ^ J. Bowyer Bell, The secret army: the IRA, p.137
  7. ^ Richard English, Armed Struggle: The History of the IRA, p.56
  8. ^ J. Bowyer Bell, The secret army: the IRA, pp.229-230
  9. ^ Uinseann MacEoin, The IRA in the twilight years: 1923-1948, p.452
  10. ^ J. Bowyer Bell, The secret army: the IRA, pp.240-248
  11. ^ a b Matt Treacy, The IRA 1956–69: Rethinking the Republic, p.11
  12. ^ Brian Hanley and Scott Millar, The Lost Revolution: The Story of the Official IRA and the Workers' Party
  13. ^ Matt Treacy, The IRA 1956–69: Rethinking the Republic, p.89
  14. ^ Matt Treacy, The IRA 1956–69: Rethinking the Republic, p.167
  15. ^ a b c d e f Ed Moloney, A Secret History of the IRA
  16. ^ Matt Treacy, The IRA 1956–69: Rethinking the Republic, p.108
  17. ^ Liam Clarke, "Half of all top IRA men 'worked for security services'", Belfast Telegraph, 21 December 2011
  18. ^ Andrew Sanders, Inside the IRA: Dissident Republicans and the War for Legitimacy, p.209