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IRA veteran Billy McKee's final journey

Billy McKee’s remains are taken from his nephew’s home in west Belfast to St Peter’s Cathedral last night ahead of his funeral
Billy McKee’s remains are taken from his nephew’s home in west Belfast to St Peter’s Cathedral last night ahead of his funeral

Men wearing black jackets and berets surrounded the flag-draped coffin of IRA man Billy McKee yesterday.

It came as his remains were removed from his nephew's home in west Belfast prior to his funeral service today at St Peter's Cathedral.

A large number of people are expected to attend the veteran republican's funeral.

McKee, who died on Tuesday at the age of 97, first joined the IRA in the 1930s and was imprisoned for republican activity numerous times in the decades that followed.

When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he became the chief of the IRA's Belfast brigade.

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