Billy McKee Dies Aged 97

A former IRA leader has died at the age of 97.

Billy McKee died at his home in Belfast on Tuesday, 11 June.
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He is believed to have joined the IRA in the 1930s.

He left and joined Sinn Féin in the 1980s.


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