Dáithí Ó Conaill

Ó Conaill in 1974
Ó Conaill's gravestone in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.

Irish republican, a member of the IRA Army Council of the Provisional IRA, and vice-president of Sinn Féin and Republican Sinn Féin.

- Dáithí Ó Conaill

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Republican Sinn Féin

Irish republican political party in Ireland.

RSF headquarters in Dublin
Irish War of Independence veteran and RSF Patron Dan Keating

The party emerged around the supporters of Ruairí Ó Brádaigh and Dáithí Ó Conaill.

Car bomb

Improvised explosive device designed to be detonated in an automobile or other vehicles.

The result of a car bombing during the Iraq War
Car bomb in Iraq, made up of a number of artillery shells concealed in the back of a pickup truck.
A mock explosion of a pickup truck converted to SVBIED, used by U.S. marines for OPFOR purposes at Camp Pendleton
TSA officers view the post-blast remains of a Dodge Neon after an explosive was detonated inside it during training.
Vietcong car bombing aftermath scene in Saigon, 1965.
A 2005 car bombing in Iraq, in which a second car bomb was detonated while US forces were investigating the scene of an earlier such blast, resulting in 18 casualties.

Dáithí Ó Conaill is credited with introducing the car bomb to Northern Ireland.

Provisional Irish Republican Army

Irish republican paramilitary organisation that sought to end British rule in Northern Ireland, facilitate Irish reunification and bring about an independent, socialist republic encompassing all of Ireland.

An IRA badge, with the phoenix symbolising the origins of the Provisional IRA
The Proclamation of the Irish Republic, issued during the 1916 Easter Rising against British rule in Ireland
Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, who was twice chief-of-staff of the pre-1969 IRA during the Border campaign of 1956–1962, was a member of the first Army Council of the Provisional IRA in 1969.
Martin McGuinness was part of an IRA delegation which took part in peace talks with British politician William Whitelaw, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, in July 1972.
Memorial to the victims of the Birmingham pub bombings, which killed twenty-one people in November 1974
IRA political poster from the 1980s, featuring a quote from Bobby Sands written on the first day of the 1981 hunger strike
Aftermath of the Brighton hotel bombing, an assassination attempt on British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in 1984
A "Sniper at Work" sign in Crossmaglen. The IRA's South Armagh Brigade killed seven members of the security forces in single-shot sniper attacks in 1993.
Memorial to the victims of the 1996 Docklands bombing, which killed two people and ended the IRA's seventeen-month ceasefire
An AG-3, Norwegian made variant of the Heckler & Koch G3. Over 50 of these, from a batch of 100 stolen from the Norwegian Army, ended up with the IRA.
The RPG-7, first obtained by the IRA from Libya in 1972
The Armalite AR-18, obtained by the IRA from the United States in the early 1970s, was a symbol of its armed campaign
Memorial to members of the IRA's Derry Brigade
Republican colour party in Dublin, March 2009. The blue flag being carried at the front is that of "Dublin Brigade IRA".
Former IRA volunteer Tommy McKearney, who left the IRA in 1986 and formed the League of Communist Republicans
1,200 AKM assault rifles were donated by Muammar Gaddafi in the 1980s
Over two tonnes of the plastic explosive Semtex were donated by Muammar Gaddafi in the 1980s
An IRA signpost with the word "Provoland" underneath in Omagh, County Tyrone

On 24 August a group including Joe Cahill, Seamus Twomey, Dáithí Ó Conaill, Billy McKee, and Jimmy Steele came together in Belfast and decided to remove the pro-Goulding Belfast leadership of Billy McMillen and Jim Sullivan and return to traditional militant republicanism.

Gerry Adams

Irish republican politician who was the president of Sinn Féin between 13 November 1983 and 10 February 2018, and served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for Louth from 2011 to 2020.

Adams in February 2018
Adams wearing an Easter Lily
Adams at a commemoration in Fermanagh
Adams with Martin McGuinness and Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin in 1997.
Adams with President Bill Clinton in 1995
Adams with President George W. Bush and Peter King in 2001
Gerry Adams with Euclid Tsakalotos at the Sinn Féin ardfheis in March 2015

The delegation included Adams, Martin McGuinness, Sean Mac Stiofain (IRA Chief of Staff), Daithi O'Conaill, Seamus Twomey, Ivor Bell and Dublin solicitor Myles Shevlin.

Border campaign (Irish Republican Army)

Guerrilla warfare campaign (codenamed Operation Harvest) carried out by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) against targets in Northern Ireland, with the aim of overthrowing British rule there and creating a united Ireland.

Commemorative plaque to the Edentubber Martyrs, killed in November 1957

The most dramatic attack of the whole campaign took place on 1 January: 14 IRA volunteers, including Séan Garland, Alan O Brien and Dáithí Ó Conaill planned an attack on a joint RUC/B Specials barracks in Brookeborough, County Fermanagh, though they attacked the wrong building.

Continuity Irish Republican Army

Irish republican paramilitary group that aims to bring about a united Ireland.

CIRA propaganda video

According to a report in the Cork Examiner, the Continuity IRA's first chief of staff was Dáithí Ó Conaill, who also served as the first chairman of RSF from 1986 to 1987.

Ruairí Ó Brádaigh

Irish republican political and military leader.

Ó Bradaigh in 2004
Ruairí Ó Brádaigh speaking at the 2003 RSF Ard Fheis

On 27 September 1958, Ó Brádaigh escaped from the camp along with Dáithí Ó Conaill.

Seán Mac Stíofáin

English-born chief of staff of the Provisional IRA, a position he held between 1969 and 1972.

Mac Stíofáin in 1972

When an IRA special army convention voted to drop the principle of abstentionism in December 1969, a troika comprising Mac Stiofáin, Dáithí Ó Conaill and Seamus Twomey together with others established themselves as a "Provisional Army Council" in anticipation of a contentious 1970 Sinn Féin Árd Fheis.


Northern suburb of Dublin, Ireland, halfway from the city centre to Howth.

Raheny today, in the context of Dublin, by satellite
Raheny and neighbouring districts, early 20th century
Church of Our Lady Mother of Divine Grace
Crescent Cottages, Raheny
The village plaza near Raheny's centre, by Dublin City Council and the RBA
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Dáithí Ó Conaill, a founding member of the Provisional IRA and later the Continuity IRA

Éire Nua

Proposal supported by the Provisional IRA and Sinn Féin during the 1970s and early 1980s for a federal United Ireland.

An IRA badge, with the phoenix symbolising the origins of the Provisional IRA

The proposal was particularly associated with the Dublin-based leadership group centred on Ruairí Ó Brádaigh and Dáithí Ó Conaill, who were the authors of the policy.