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Stockholm
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STATEMENT OF: Henry Kirkpatrick

ADRESS: 12 Brendans Walk, Belfast

OCCUPATION: Unemployed Labourer

TAKEN BY: D/Inspector T J Meeke AT: Castlereagh PO

ON: 24 March 1982 IN PRESENCE OF: D/Superintendent J Mitchell

 

I, Henry Kirkpatrick, wish to make a statement. I want someone to write down what I say. I have been told that I need not say anything unless I wish to do so and that whatever I say may be given in evidence.

SIGNATURE OF STATEMENT MAKER

 

I was involved in the shooting of a Policeman in Great Victoria Street during January of 1981. The job was carried out by Belfast INLA and I was Assistant Operations Officer. Prior to this shooting Jimmy Brown who was an Intelligence Officer in INLA told myself and Gerard Steenson about two Policemen on beat in the Botanic area. Gerard Steenson was the Operations Officer and I asked him to supply safe houses and dumps in the Ormeau Road district. Brown the introduced Steenson and me to xxx who was a volunteer in INLA. He was the man that dumped weapons for us. He in fact dumped them in his own house. We then met in xxx house in the markets. He lives in Friendly Street. Here we discussed about going out to shoot Policemen on duty in the City Centre area. Myself, Steenson, the two xxx and Jim Power, James Brown, xxx, xxx, Ta Power were all present. Myself, xxx, the young one and Jim Power left the house and went into the Markets area and hijacked a yellow Vauxhall Chevette or Cavalter. It was a two door car. Prior to taking this car we took over a house in the Markets area and took the keys of a car from the occupants but when we tried to open the car outside the key broke in the lock so we left this and then hijacked the Vauxhall. We done the same when we took this car. The house occupied by the owner of the car was taken over and he was held while the operation was carried out. This house was in the Markets too but I cant remember the address. Power had a .32 pistol when the hijacking took place. I then drove the car to xxx house in Friendly Street. The other two, Power and xxx, stayed behind with the owner of the car. Xxx, xxx and Steenson, the older xxx, Ta Power were in the house and xxx and xxx had brought two 9mm Browning pistols and one .32 Vizor to the house. Xxx and xxx were told to go up the Ormeau Road where they could wait for us in a red Mk III Cortina. It belonged to myself. The plan was that after we done the job we would abandon the hijacked car and get into the clean motor and xxx and xxx would take the weapons away and dump them at xxx’s flat in Agincourt Avenue. Myself, Steenson and the older xxx got into the yellow Vauxhall and we had three weapons with us. I was the driver. We drove towards the Botanic area searching for a target of Policemen. We saw two Policemen walk across Shaftesbury Square and walk up Bradbury Place towards the Lisburn Road. They were walking on the left hand side of Bradbury Place going towards Queens University. I pulled in along side a car rental firm and Steenson and xxx got out with the intention of shooting them. They walked up the footpath behind them but the two Policemen then crossed over towards the Lisburn Road but kept walking towards Queens but now on the other side of the road. Steenson and xxx got back in the car and I followed the Police at a slow pace behind them. They stopped at a Bank and stood in the doorway so I took the first street on the right before the Bank and pulled up beside an entry behind the Bank and which led up to the next street. Steenson and xxx got out of the car and walked up the entry again with the intension of shooting the Policemen. I saw them check their weapons as they walked up this entry. I waited in the car. The two came back and told me that the Policemen had disappeared. We then left and went in the direction of the Dublin Road with the intension of looking for other Policemen to shoot. We drove down the Dublin Road towards the City Centre, turned left and backed up Great Victoria Street past the Europa. We then saw two Policemen walking on the left hand side of the road going towards Shaftesbury Square. We decided that we would make them the target. I drove up and turned left into the first street past the Mission Hall on Great Victoria Street where Steenson and xxx got out of the car and walked after the Policemen. This happened in the evening time and it was dark. I drove down the street towards the Dublin Road and stopped the car. I opened the two doors and left the passengers seat forward for a quick getaway. I then walked up towards Great Victoria Street. I was carrying a 32. Vizor. I didn’t go as far as Great Victoria Street. I then heard a number of shots. There was about one to four shots. Steenson and xxx then came running around the corner from Great Victoria street and we then all ran back to the car. We drove down the Dublin Road and across Ormeau Avenue into Cromac Street and into the Markets where we abandoned the car. We then ran with the weapons into xxx’s house through the back door. Ta Power and young xxx were there. Jim Power was also there. We then stripped off and got rid of coats and gloves and guns. Xxx and xxx then arrived and asked what had happened and they were told that two Policemen had been shot. Xxx said that the magazine of his Browning had fell out and he could only fire one round. Me, xxx and xxx then walked back towards the Ormeau Road. Me and xxx then got into my car and I drove her to Eia Street on the Antrim Road where she then lived. I went home. I don’t know who got rid of the guns and I later heard that one Policeman was seriously injured and the other was treated for shock. All the persons involved in this shooting are all members of Belfast INLA. I was later charged with the shooting but got off. The charges were withdrawn.

 

I have read the above statement and I have been told that I can correct, alter or add anything I wish. This statement is true. I have made it of my own free will.

SIGNATURE OF STATEMENT MAKER

 

Time Commenced: 8.55 pm

Time ended: 9.50 pm

Day and Date: Wednesday 24 March 1982

Signature: T J Meeke, D/Inspector, James Mitchell, Superintendent

July 5, 2010 at 5:59 AM Flag Quote & Reply

iplofallen
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Great posting (again) Stockholm. I wonder if them two RUC who were in the bank doorway ever knew how close they came. It also shows how fearless Steenson was. Hope there is more to share with us. Thanks for taking the (considerable), time to get these uploaded.

July 5, 2010 at 1:17 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Stockholm
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Thi s was the first statement he did. In all he signed 55 (!) statements and we all know the result of them... He kept on talking and signing until his sis met him in prison and told him to fuck off. The day after, 4 May 83, he wrote to his legal rep and sort of sacked him, he then was never seen again...

I posted this because it is a historical document. Also I posted it for the people who (once again) dont know anything. The people who parted in the late 80s with the feud was leading members of the movemnént, they had started the movement when they split form the Officials. They were not random drugdealing hoods as some like to write history today. They were dedicated Socialist Republicans. They were the leadership of that time. After the feud the RSM did not have one member who was around in 72...

July 6, 2010 at 9:06 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Stockholm
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Just a note... Kirkpatrick says he, Steenson and xxx went about. When McConkey went grass he said that Steenson and Barkley did the job in Great Victoria. Strange times... 

July 6, 2010 at 9:58 AM Flag Quote & Reply

socialist95
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Stockholm at July 6, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Thi s was the first statement he did. In all he signed 55 (!) statements and we all know the result of them... He kept on talking and signing until his sis met him in prison and told him to fuck off. The day after, 4 May 83, he wrote to his legal rep and sort of sacked him, he then was never seen again...

I posted this because it is a historical document. Also I posted it for the people who (once again) dont know anything. The people who parted in the late 80s with the feud was leading members of the movemnént, they had started the movement when they split form the Officials. They were not random drugdealing hoods as some like to write history today. They were dedicated Socialist Republicans. They were the leadership of that time. After the feud the RSM did not have one member who was around in 72...

couldnt agree more..geard and sparkey were feared operators by all acounts..

July 6, 2010 at 6:58 PM Flag Quote & Reply

TOEB
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VERY GOOD READING ABOUT SOME TRUE MEN WHO DIED TO FREE IRELAND .AND ITS GOOD TO THINK THAT NOT EVERY ONE SEEN THESE MEN AS DRUG DEALERS AND ODCS

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July 6, 2010 at 7:15 PM Flag Quote & Reply

iplofallen
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Stockholm at July 6, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Thi s was the first statement he did. In all he signed 55 (!) statements and we all know the result of them... He kept on talking and signing until his sis met him in prison and told him to fuck off. The day after, 4 May 83, he wrote to his legal rep and sort of sacked him, he then was never seen again...

I posted this because it is a historical document. Also I posted it for the people who (once again) dont know anything. The people who parted in the late 80s with the feud was leading members of the movemnént, they had started the movement when they split form the Officials. They were not random drugdealing hoods as some like to write history today. They were dedicated Socialist Republicans. They were the leadership of that time. After the feud the RSM did not have one member who was around in 72...

Well put Stockholm. When a few of us got together to create the website, we did it not only to remember our fallen friends, but to also give the truth about the lads. Many people attacked the lads memory for too long without response. We thought it was time to speak out and expose the "hoods" myth by having our say on this website. Thanks for posting your articles. The undisputable evidence that is things like Jimmys articles, and recollections of comrades lost, show how committed and indeed driven our fallen were.

July 8, 2010 at 3:53 AM Flag Quote & Reply

irish32
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Great post there Stockholm, this was a very interesting read.  Yes, they were dedicated republicans.  Some people have come to me and said they were nothing but drugdealers, but I had told them that none of them were ever convicted of this offence so it is unfair to call them that without evidence to back it up.  I do admit that I know very little about them until I found this site.  I believe that you should never judge people until you learn more about them.  Back then they probably had their reasons to do the things that they did whether it was right or wrong afterwards....shooting at police officers is very serious, but the police back then supported the "shoot to kill" policy and didn't spare any Volunteers that they went after and killed...even unarmed Volunteers or witnesses to the shoot to kill activities.  There is always two sides to things in those situations.

July 8, 2010 at 9:41 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Stockholm
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irish32 wrote.

"shooting at police officers is very serious, but the police back then supported the "shoot to kill" policy and didn't spare any Volunteers"

 

I do not really agree with that... I think they still do.

But do remember that none of the lads were ever even suspected of drugs! I cant recall the media ever talked about it, and I am sure they have would...! The stories about IPLO being into drugs came about later. No one was ever charged with it, but now it is a "true" that the IPLO was into drugs and introduced ectasy onto the North. Where did that "fact" come from? When the provos kneecapped and order people out they used even not that allegiation! They did a few junkies for show (but let their own people in Derry who had just been caught with possesion of cannabis alone...). Even the provos knew they could never accuse Jimmy of drugs!

The drugs thing was a media myth, and god knows were it came from! But now it has been repeated so many times so it is now a "true" story. The INLA had a few lads done for drugs in Strabane just a year ago, and it turned out to be steriods...

Dont ever belivie what the papers or people in bars tell you!

The feud was a disaster and people stil stiff suffer from that period. A lot of good people died, and I hope we will never see that again.

July 8, 2010 at 12:24 PM Flag Quote & Reply

irish32
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I agree the feud was terrible...  The media also claimed it was to do with money.  I hope it never repeats itself within any republican group.  A loyalist politician still supports the shoot to kill policy; quoted from a documentary something like this "The only way that N. Ireland can be safe is if all republicans are put in their graves.  You can't reason with these people as they would die for their beliefs so arresting them is a waste of time."  He was being interviewed about the IRA getting arrested and put in gaol.  I guess that he is referring to Republican Volunteers.  Then he goes on to claim that he is a man of peace and states that he supports peace, but if a date for united Ireland came he claims that he would pick up the gun and fight the Irish on the streets against it.  To me, he is either committed to peace or armed struggle.  Now recently he is complaining that republicans are trying to smear his name in public....with a statement like that above what does he expect. 

 

I have been reading about Gerard Steenson previously and it says he has a history of being involved in rioting in his younger years.  I guess many young Irish men were involved in riots.  I guess that children born into warzones become part of it (joining republican groups) as they get older.  I guess if things were different say the British soldiers were withdrawn and united Ireland were here back then during those years, and the feud never happened with the INLA...maybe his life would have been different and many other republicans who lost their lives who would have been saved as well.  Sorry to rant on, but I just sometimes think about what could they have become in life if things were different.  I guess it's the price that is paid for the troubles that so many had lost their lives.  Gerard Steenson's mother on my DVD, a documentary about the INLA feud, talks of the loss of her son always brings me to tears.  I guess from reading Jimmy Brown's articles that I wondered what things would have been like if he was still here today and would have republicanism changed a lot with his views. 

 

My post here is not meant to offend anyone, I just wonder sometimes what things would be like if they were still here today that's all. 

July 8, 2010 at 2:47 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Stockholm
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irish32, no one is offended.

The feud was not about money, it was not about drugs, it was not about gear. It was for nothing. When the lads was inside we all know there was talks about the future, people had differnet opinons... On the outside some young people tried to take control and killed two long standing members. When the trial collapsed people were attacked again. They had no option but to respond.

As I said, sad times and I hope they never are repeated.

Jimmy and the rest wanted to disband and now 20 odd years later we see just that, he was right then as ever!

July 9, 2010 at 4:04 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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