Ex-IRA chief
Ó Brádaigh
dies aged 80

Ruair� � Br�daigh pictured at his home after he lead a walkout from the 1986 Sinn F�in Ard Fheis and established a new political party, Republican Sinn F�in.
Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, the ex-IRA Chief of Staff and Republican Sinn Féin leader, has died.

Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, the ex-IRA Chief of Staff and Republican Sinn Féin leader, has died.

During his political career, the Longford native also served as a TD, elected on the abstentionist ticket.

Ó Brádaigh was raised on the Battery Road in Longford town, the son of staunchly republican parents. After attending St Mel’s College, he went on to study at University College Dublin before taking up a teaching post at Roscommon Vocational 
School.

During his time at UCD, Ó Brádaigh joined both Sinn Féin and the IRA, eventually progressing to senior positions in both organisations.

While interned for his involvement in IRA activities, he ran in the Longford-Westmeath constituency during the 1957 general election and was elected to Dáil Éireann, although he refused to take his seat.

He served as President of Sinn Féin from 1970 to 1983, when he was succeeded by Gerry Adams. In 1986 he staged a walkout at the party’s Ard Fheis after delegates voted to end their abstentionist policy in Ireland.

Ó Brádaigh then formed Republican Sinn Féin and lead that party until retiring in 2009.

His remains were buried in St Coman’s cemetary in Roscommon after his funeral on Saturday, which was accorded military honours by colleagues, who formed a republican guard of honour.