Billy McKee (Irish: Liam Mac Aoidh; 12 November 1921 – 11 June 2019) was an Irish republican. He was a founding member and leader of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA). McKee became the first OC of the Provisional IRA Belfast Brigade.
|Born||12 November 1921|
|Died||11 June 2019 (aged 97)|
|Known for||Founder of the PIRA|
On 15 April 1971 McKee, along with Proinsias MacAirt, was arrested by the British Army when found in possession of a hand gun. He was charged and convicted for possession of the weapon and imprisoned in Crumlin Road Prison. McKee was released on 4 September 1974 and resumed his position as OC of the Belfast Brigade.
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