Jimmy Brown (Irish republican)

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Jimmy Brown (1956 – 18 August 1992) was a Belfast member of the Official IRA, then Irish Republican Socialist Party (IRSP) and the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA), and latterly of the Irish People's Liberation Organisation (IPLO).[1][2]

Brown left the IRSM in the mid-eighties to join up with the IPLO. He was the leader of the Republican Socialist Collective, which was set up as the political wing of the IPLO. He was gunned down in his car on Clonard Street, Lower Falls, Belfast by the Irish Peoples Liberation Organisation Belfast Brigade (IPLOBB), a faction who opposed the IPLO leadership. A feud between the two groups was the cause of Brown's killing. The IPLO and IPLOBB were forcibly disbanded by the Provisional IRA in November 1992.[clarification needed][3]

The Belfast Brigade claimed Brown was killed because he wouldn't investigate drugs allegations and had instead issued threats against those who "knew too much".[4]

Brown's son, Emmet McDonough Brown, was elected as an Alliance Party of Northern Ireland member of Belfast City Council at the 2014 Northern Ireland local elections.[5]


  • Jack Holland & Henry McDonald, INLA - Deadly Divisions, Publisher: Torc (1994); ISBN 189814205X/ISBN 978-1898142058


  1. ^ "Paramilitary Feuds in Northern Ireland - A Chronology of Events". cain.ulst.ac.uk. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  2. ^ Jack Holland & Henry McDonald (1994). INLA - Deadly Divisions. Torc. p. 125. ISBN 978-1898142058.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  3. ^ "IPLO/IPLOBB feud". ulsternation.org.uk. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  4. ^ David McKittrick (21 August 1992). "Terrorists' split could erupt into bloody feud: Violence in Northern Ireland". The Independent.
  5. ^ Liam Clarke, "The past does not define my future, says son of murdered IPLO terrorist who's running for Alliance", Belfast Telegraph, 27 March 2014