Malachy Carey

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Malachy Carey was a volunteer in the Provisional Irish Republican Army and a Sinn Féin candidate in local government elections. He was born in Loughgiel, County Antrim in 1956 to an old County Antrim family. He was assassinated by a Loyalist death squad in Ballymoney, County Antrim. on 12 December 1992. His death was reported in Republican newspaper An Phoblacht. A Sinn Féin Cumann (local branch of Sinn Féin) has been named in his honour.[1]

He was imprisoned in Crumlin Road (HM Prison) in 1977 at the age of 21, and took an active part in the Blanket protest until it ended after the 1981 Irish Hunger Strike. He became part of Bobby Sands team in the prison during the period that spanned the two Hunger Strikes. During this period he was known as a 'courier', concealing information notes and other items, including a camera, within his body. His fellow prisoners nicknamed him 'The Suitcase'.[2] He was described by leading member of Sinn Féin, Jim Gibney, as 'solid and dependable... and an important part of Bobby Sands' team'.[3]

Released from prison after 10 years in 1987, he stood in local elections in his native village of Loughgiel.[4] Malachy Carey received many death threats during this period, and was finally assassinated by loyalists on 12 December 1992. Sinn Féin have claimed there was collusion in his murder by state agencies.[5]

See also List of members of the Irish Republican Army.

N.B. For some extraordinary reason Malachy Carey has been listed alphabetically under 'M' in the Categories 'Irish Republican Army members' and 'Provisional Irish Republican Army members' which are listed at the foot of this page. His surname is Carey, only his first name is Malachy, so this a careless faux pas.