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Widow of IRA leader Joe Cahill passes away

Annie Cahill (right) with the late Lily Hall.
Annie Cahill (right) with the late Lily Hall.
Gareth Cross

By Gareth Cross

The widow of veteran IRA leader Joe Cahill has passed away.

Annie Cahill, who herself was heavily involved in the republican movement died in Belfast on Tuesday. 

Her husband Joe Cahill was IRA Chief of Staff during the Troubles and later served as honorary Sinn Fein Vice President for life.

She was a prominent Sinn Fein supporter and member of the community in west Belfast.

The couple married in 1956 and had seven children, Tom, Maria, Stephanie, Nuala, Aine, Patricia and Deirdre.

Joe Cahill passed away in July 2004 aged 84.

Speaking shortly before his death he paid tribute to Annie.

"I have been very, very lucky in the women I have met in my life. I owe a terrible lot to Annie. Never once did she say don't, stop, I don't want anymore, she always encouraged me," he said.

Annie's great-niece Mairia Cahill said she would remember her as a "gentle woman" who she shared many happy memories with.

"She lived for Ireland and was very supportive of Joe. She was always very kind to me, we had some good times together and I'm very sad to hear of her passing," Ms Cahill said.

Joe Cahill was a founder member of the Provisional IRA
Joe Cahill was a founder member of the Provisional IRA

Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald said her thoughts were with the entire Cahill family.

“It was with great sadness that I learnt of the death of Annie Cahill," Mrs McDonald said.

“Annie was a fearless and committed republican woman of boundless energy. Her commitment, her good humour and her resolve was an inspiration to generations of other republican women."

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