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[which?]. 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)". Archived from the original on 22 November 2012. 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