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The new edition of INLA-Deadly Divisions is apparently postponed because of some legal issues. I am not bothered because it is still a crap book. The new chapters will most likely be on the INLA seasefire and decommissioning.


But there are some good lines on Jimmy Brown’s funeral in that book:


“At Jimmy Brown’s funeral, on 21 August 1992, some of Seamus Costello’s old comrades turned up to pay their respects. They included Brigit Makowski, the Shannon councilor who had written so bitterly about the “treacherous comrades” who purged Costello from the Officials in 1974. Beside Brigit Makowski in Milltown cemetery on that windy Friday in autumn was her daughter, Stella, a formidable woman from Derry who was close to Brown.

It was fitting that Stella Makowski gave the oration as the pallbearers laid Brown’s coffin into a grave close to where his great friend and comrade-in-arms, Gerard Steenson, was buried. Around the grave stood about fifty of Brown’s IPLO disciples, along with old friends and his family. As the wreaths were placed beside the earth mound next to his grave, Stella Makowski read off cards stating where the flowers had come from. “Lower Ormeau IPLO”, she said defiantly; “Lower Falls IPLO; North Belfast IPLO; Newry IPLO,” and so on.


A helicopter purred overhead as Stella Makowski picked up the megaphone to give the traditional graveside speech. She started with a summary of Jimmy Brown’s life in republican paramilitarism. She described how he worked secretly for Seamus Costello within the Official’s intelligence department even after the initial split. Brown, she told the mourners, then left the “Stick’s” and became active in the INLA/IRSP. She reminded his comrades that Brown combined political and military activity; she noted his contribution during the hunger strike protests and his later involvement in the Stop the Show Trials group aimed at highlighting the injustices of the “supergrass” system. Parallel to this was Brown’s work as an intelligence officer in Belfast, firstly for the INLA and later the IPLO. With all the grit of a true believer, Makowski outlined how Brown saw the necessity of dissolving the INLA in the mid-1980s as it had degenerated into an apolitical gang. Those who opposed dissolution were “agents of British imperialism”.

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