Page last updated at 10:34 GMT, Wednesday, 21 May 2008 11:34 UK

Senior IRA leader dies of cancer

Brian Keenan
Brian Keenan had been ill for some time

Brian Keenan, 66, a former leading member of the IRA has died.

Mr Keenan, a father of six, from west Belfast, had been suffering from cancer for some time.

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said his strong endorsement of the party's strategy was crucial in securing IRA support for the peace process.

He was jailed for 18 years in 1980 for conspiring to cause explosions in Britain in the 70s. More recently he was involved in decommissioning talks.

He took part in weapons talks with Canadian General John de Chastelain, head of the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning.





FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC iD

Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2017 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific