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Joe Cahill (Irish: Seosamh Ó Cathail; 19 May 1920 – 23 July 2004) was a prominent Irish republican paramilitary and former chief of staff of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA)..On 19 May 1920, Cahill was born above a small printing shop at 60 Divis Street in West Belfast, Ireland, where his parents had been neighbours of the Scottish-born Irish revolutionary James Connolly..Cahill was the first child in a family of twelve siblings born to Joseph and Josephine Cahill.. Cahill was educated at St. Mary's Christian Brothers' Primary School at Barrack Street. Cahill's father was a printer by trade and an Irish republican who was a former member of the Irish National Volunteers and would produce republican-related material at his print shop.. At the age of 14 Cahill left school to assist in the print shop after his father had become ill..Soon after this, Cahill joined the Catholic Young Men's Society, which campaigned on social issues with a focus on eradicating working-class areas of Belfast of moneylenders who often charged extortionately-high levels of interest rate. At the age of se7enteen, Cahill then joined Na Fianna Éireann, a republican-orientated scouting movement...

The following year in 1938, at the age of 18, Cahill joined the local Clonard-based 'C' Company of the Belfast Brigade of the Irish Republican Army. In the 1940s, he was sentenced to death for killing a police officer during the IRA's Northern Campaign. The sentence was commuted to life imprisonment, as a result of pressure on the British government by the Irish government. The Vatican also called on the Northern Ireland government to grant clemency.. Of the 6 men sentenced to death for the murder of Constable Patrick Murphy of Clowney Street, the Falls Road, Belfast, only one was executed. He was Tom Williams, the leader of the IRA unit that killed Murphy..In 1969, Cahill was a key figure in founding the Provisional Irish Republican Army. In the Northern Ireland riots of August 1969, Cahill, along with Billy McKee, tried to defend the Catholic Clonard area from attack, but was unable to prevent Bombay Street being burned by Ulster Protestant rioters. When he subsequently tried to organise the defence of the Ballymurphy area, he was initially chased away by its Catholic residents, who were unimpressed with the IRA's response to the events of August 1969..Angry at the failure of the IRA, led in Belfast by Billy McMillen, to defend Catholic areas during this communal rioting, Cahill and McKee stated in September 1969 that they would no longer be taking orders from the IRA leadership in Dublin, or from McMillen. In December 1969, they declared their allegiance to the Provisional IRA, who split off from the leadership. This action took 9 out of the 13 units of the IRA in Belfast into the Provisional IRA. The remnants of the pre-split IRA became known as the Official IRA. Cahill was a member of the first Provisional IRA Army Council...

In April 1971, after the arrest and imprisonment of Billy McKee, Cahill became the commander of the Provisional IRA Belfast Brigade. He held this post until the introduction of internment in August of that year. It was during this period that the Provisional IRA campaign got off the ground in the city. Cahill authorised the beginning of the IRA's bombing campaign as well as attacks on British troops and the RUC..In March 1972, Cahill was part of an IRA delegation that held direct talks with the British Labour Party leader Harold Wilson.. However, although the IRA called a 3-day ceasefire for the talks, no permanent end to violence was agreed upon..On his return to Ireland, Cahill was arrested in Dublin by Gardaí and charged with IRA membership. However he went on hunger strike for 23 days and was subsequently released due to lack of evidence. In November 1972, Cahill became the IRA's chief of staff, he held this position until his arrest the following year..Cahill was then put in charge of importing arms for the IRA.. He liaised with the NORAID group in America and with the Libyan dictatorship of Muammar al-Gaddafi to this end..March 1973 he was arrested by the Irish Navy in Waterford, aboard the Claudia, a ship from Libya loaded with 5 tons of weapons...

In his later years as honorary life vice-president of Sinn Féin he was a strong supporter of Gerry Adams and the Good Friday Agreement. In 1994, a controversial but central aspect of the IRA's ceasefire was the granting of a limited visa by then United States President Bill Clinton to Cahill, in the face of strident opposition by John Major's government.. This was to facilitate a trip to the United States to win support for the new Sinn Féin strategy from Irish American IRA supporters..In 1998 he stood in North Antrim in the elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly but was unsuccessful, finishing in eleventh place in a poll topped by Ian Paisley..Cahill died at the age of 84 in Belfast as a result of being exposed to asbestos while working at the Harland & Wolff shipyards in his twenties. He and several other former shipyard workers later sued the company for their exposure to the dangerous substances but only won minimal compensation. There is a republican flute band from Glasgow named after Cahill..

Joe Cahill was more Forrest Gump than IRA terrorist mastermind...INSTEAD of being prosecuted, military spooks used the images to turn Cahill - a close ally of Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams - into one of the British Army's most valuable informants..BRITISH spies allegedly used pictures of a senior figure in the IRA abusing a girl of 14 to blackmail him into working for them..Chief of Staff Joe Cahill, who helped found the Provisional IRA, was photographed by a covert unit in the 1970s..A source revealed that Cahill, who died in 2004, was being followed by a covert unit as he drove around Belfast when the pictures were taken..The source said: “The pictures clearly identified both Cahill and his victim. Her father would have killed him if he had found out.. He was never prosecuted and instead the pictures were used to turn him. He was a prize asset”..Last week, Cahill’s grandniece Mairia revealed the IRA covered up the abuse she suffered as a 16-year-old at the hands of another IRA figure..Mairia was not Cahill’s alleged victim in the 70s..The MOD did not comment on the story last night..But a military source said: “There were some very questionable techniques deployed in the 1970s but they were stopped very soon afterwards.”..Mr. Wallace, call the President.. Tell him if he doesn't sign the bill lowering the cable rates, we will release the video of him with the cheerleader in the Chicago motel room..And after he signs the bill, release the tape anyway... want to talk about loyalty, Toby.. Control recruited you, didn't he?. He found you starving in a museum in Vienna,a wanted man.. He saved your life, I heard.. And yet, when the time came... when it came to picking sides between him and Allenine, you didn't hesitate.. It's understandable,perhaps, with your war experience..You survived this long, I suppose, because of your ability to change sides, to serve any master...

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