The Info List - Ivor Bell

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Ivor Malachy Bell is an Irish republican, and a former volunteer in the Belfast
Brigade of the Provisional Irish Republican Army
Provisional Irish Republican Army
(IRA) who later became Chief of Staff on the Army Council.[1]


1 IRA career 2 Escape from Long Kesh 3 Chief of Staff 4 Libyan connection 5 Court martial 6 2014 arrest and charge 7 References

IRA career[edit] Bell was involved with the Irish Republican Army during the 1956–1962 campaign, but left over the decision to call a cease-fire. He rejoined the republican movement in 1970, and become the commander of the Kashmir Road-based B Company of the Provisional IRA Belfast Brigade. During Gerry Adams' initial career in the republican movement he took much of his direction from Brendan Hughes
Brendan Hughes
and Bell. At this time Bell was Adams' adjutant in the Second Battalion of the Belfast Brigade. Hughes was the commander of the D Coy. Adams looked to Bell for political strategy and to Hughes for the opinion of the "rank and file" volunteers.[2] In 1972, Bell, now Belfast
Brigade adjutant, along with Seamus Twomey, Martin McGuinness, and Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
were flown to London by the Royal Air Force for secret ceasefire talks with British government ministers.[3][4] Adams and Bell were sceptical about the proposed cease-fire and did not trust the British government. The truce soon broke down, followed by twenty deaths over three days.[citation needed] Escape from Long Kesh[edit] In February 1974, Bell was arrested on information provided by one of the "Disappeared" (informer) Eamon Molloy. He was placed in Cage 11 at Long Kesh
Long Kesh
along with Hughes and Adams. Fellow internees had nicknamed it the 'General's Cage' because of the number of senior republicans held there.[5] On 15 April 1974, Bell escaped when he swapped places with a visitor and walked out of the prison. He was recaptured two weeks later at a flat in the affluent Malone Road area of south Belfast
after Molloy had informed the security services of his whereabouts. Chief of Staff[edit] In 1982, Martin McGuinness
Martin McGuinness
quit as Chief of Staff and Bell took over his position. Bell was arrested, on evidence provided by another supergrass, Robert "Beedo" Lean, in 1983. In line with IRA rules, contained within the Green Book, Bell lost his position as Chief of Staff which was then taken by Kevin McKenna from the Tyrone Brigade.[6] Upon release Bell, and fellow prisoner Edward Carmichael, stated that they had both been offered immunity if they would incriminate Sinn Féin elected representatives Danny Morrison, Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
and Martin McGuinness. Carmichael had been offered £300,000 and Bell stated that he was told he could "name my own figure".[7] Libyan connection[edit] On release from prison in 1983, Bell was reappointed to the Army Council but did not regain his position as Chief of Staff. Much of his influence had been eroded. Bell was the IRA's representative to Libya
during the late 1970s and the early 1980s. Libya
and the IRA had a common enemy, the British government. British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was heavily criticised in Libya
for allowing US planes to take off from British air bases for raids on Libya
in which more than seventy people were killed.[8] In late 1984 and early 1985 the Libyan Intelligence Service moved to put in place a supply of arms to the IRA in order that they could more effectively fight the British Army, and Bell and Joe Cahill were instrumental in putting in place the Libyan arms smuggling plan.[9] Court martial[edit] In 1984, Bell openly opposed Adams' proposal to increase spending on election campaigns instead of the war against Britain. Bell was a hard-line militarist who opposed the use of funds by Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
and resented moves to end abstentionism. Bell emerged as the head of a group, which included senior figures like Danny McCann. In June 1985 Bell was dismissed from the IRA.[10][11] 2014 arrest and charge[edit] Bell was arrested by the Police Service of Northern Ireland
Police Service of Northern Ireland
on 18 March 2014 for questioning in relation to the abduction and murder of Jean McConville in 1972.[12] Bell, aged 77, has been charged with aiding and abetting murder and membership of the IRA. He appeared in court on 22 March 2014 and was initially refused bail, though it was granted on 26 March.[13] On 7 July 2016 it was announced that Bell would stand trail for McConville's murder.[14] His lawyers had argued for the charges to be dropped, claiming a lack of evidence to support a trial.[15] The charges arise from the Boston College tapes that led the US Justice Department, acting on behalf of the UK Government, to issue a subpoena to Boston College for the tapes and transcripts of the Belfast
Project.[15] His trial has been postponed due to the claim by Bell's legal team that he suffers from dementia and would not be able to fully participate in the trial.[16] References[edit]

^ Ed Moloney, A Secret History of the IRA, p.318, 2002. (PB) ISBN 0-393-32502-4 (HB) ISBN 0-7139-9665-X ^ Ed Moloney, A Secret History of the IRA, p. 114, 2002. (PB); ISBN 0-393-32502-4 (HB) ISBN 0-7139-9665-X ^ Ed Moloney, A Secret History of the IRA, p. 114, 2002. (PB); ISBN 0-393-32502-4 (HB) ISBN 0-7139-9665-X ^ Dominic Casciani (1 January 2003). "Adams and IRA's secret Whitehall talks". BBC. Retrieved 26 February 2007.  ^ Jim Gibney, Long Kesh
Long Kesh
revisited An Phoblacht
An Phoblacht
16 August 2001 ^ Ireland’s Own – Chronology of Events ^ IRIS Magazine, November 1983 ^ Ed Moloney, A Secret History of the IRA, pp 14–15, 2002. (PB) ISBN 0-393-32502-4 (HB) ISBN 0-7139-9665-X ^ Ed Moloney, A Secret History of the IRA, pp 14–15, 2002. (PB) ISBN 0-393-32502-4 (HB) ISBN 0-7139-9665-X ^ David Sharrock, Hard-liners left 'crying into their beer The Daily Telegraph 24 October 2001 ^ Brendan O'Brien, The Long War: The IRA & Sinn Féin, p.133, 1999. (PB) ISBN 0-86278-606-1 ^ http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/jean-mcconville-murder-police-arrest-veteran-republican-ivor-bell-over-killing-30103281.html ^ "Mc Conville accused Ivor Bell granted bail". Newsletter. 26 March 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2016.  ^ " Ivor Bell to face trial in connection with Jean McConville murder". BBC. 7 July 2016. Retrieved 7 July 2016.  ^ a b " Jean McConville murder: Veteran republican Ivor Bell to stand trial". Belfast
Telegraph. 7 July 2016. Retrieved 7 July 2016.  ^ http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/golf/mcconville-murder-trial-delay-in-ivor-bell-medical-reports-35500093.html

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Insurgency, 1969–1977

Battle of St Matthew's 1970 RUC booby-trap bombing Scottish soldiers' killings Balmoral showroom bombing Abercorn bombing Donegall St bombing Battle at Springmartin Bloody Friday Claudy bombing Coleraine bombings M62 coach bombing Guildford pub bombings Brook's Club bomb attack British Airways bombing attempt Birmingham pub bombings Bayardo Bar attack Caterham Arms pub bombing London Hilton bombing Green Park tube station bombing Scott's Oyster Bar bombing Walton's Restaurant bombing Drummuckavall ambush Balcombe Street siege Kingsmill massacre

Long War, 1977–1988

1978 Lisnamuck shoot-out Jonesboro Gazelle downing La Mon restaurant bombing 1978 Crossmaglen Ambush Warrenpoint ambush Dunmurry train explosion Lough Foyle attacks Chelsea Barracks bombing Hyde Park and Regent's Park bombings Harrods bombing Woolwich barracks Brighton hotel bombing Ballygawley land mine attack Newry mortar attack Ballygawley attack The Birches attack JHQ Rheindahlen bombing (Germany)

Peace Process, 1988–1998

Corporals killings Lisburn van bombing 1988 Netherlands Attacks Inglis Barracks Ballygawley bus bombing Jonesborough ambush Deal barracks bombing Derryard attack Derrygorry Gazelle downing RFA Fort Victoria bombing Proxy bombings Downing St mortar attack Mullacreevie ambush Glenanne barracks bombing Teebane bombing Cloghoge attack 1992 Manchester bombing South Armagh sniper campaign Warrington bomb attacks Cullaville occupation Bishopsgate bombing Battle of Newry Road Shankill Road bombing Crossmaglen Lynx downing Drumcree conflict Docklands bombing 1996 Manchester bombing Osnabrück mortar attack Thiepval barracks bombing Coalisland attack July 1997 riots

Chiefs of Staff

Seán Mac Stíofáin (1969–72) Joe Cahill (1972–73) Seamus Twomey (1973) Éamonn O'Doherty (1973–74) Seamus Twomey (1974–77) Gerry Adams
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(1977–78) Martin McGuinness
Martin McGuinness
(1978–82) Ivor Bell (1982–83) Kevin McKenna (1983–97) Thomas "Slab" Murphy (1997–2005)

Personalities (Volunteers)

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Prominent killings

Michael Willetts Jean McConville Columba McVeigh Billy Fox Martin McBirney Steven Tibble Ross McWhirter Sammy Smyth Christopher Ewart-Biggs Jeffery Stanford Agate Robert Nairac Richard Sykes Gerard Evans Lord Mountbatten Baroness Brabourne Norman Stronge James Stronge Robert Bradford Lenny Murphy Kenneth Salvesen Anthony Berry Maurice Gibson Robert Seymour Heidi Hazell Joseph Fenton Nick Spanos Stephen Melrose Ian Gow Donald Kaberry Thomas Oliver Sammy Ward Tim Parry Jonathan Ball Ray Smallwoods Joe Bratty Raymond Elder Martin Cahill Jerry McCabe Andrew Kearney Eamon Collins Matthew Burns Robert McCartney (allegedly) James Curran Joseph Rafferty (all