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Bobby Storey: Hated by the RUC, Sinn Fein figure was the hardest of IRA hardmen

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Bobby Storey was a senior republican

Bobby Storey was a senior republican

Bobby Storey during disturbances in east Belfast in 2013

Bobby Storey during disturbances in east Belfast in 2013

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Bobby Storey with Gerry Adams

Bobby Storey with Gerry Adams

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Bobby Storey was a senior republican

Bobby Storey was literally and figuratively a giant among republicans.

And when the chroniclers come to write the definitive history of the IRA, Storey's admirers and foes will agree that no name will be writ larger than that of the New Lodge Road six-footer who towered over everyone else in the Provisionals' ranks in stature and strategising prowess.

The 64-year-old, who died after an unsuccessful lung transplant operation, brought terror to the streets and into the hearts of not only police and soldiers, but also of republicans who knew from his reputation and his demeanour that he wasn't someone to be trifled with.