For years I've seen comments about IRA volunteers dying, whether on active service, on hunger strike, natural causes whilst imprisoned, ambushed by unionists gangs in their home or on the street. In my opinion a volunteer joined knowing the risk of gaol, on the run or being killed. I presume none thought of any of the above on their last operation but they may well have known each was possible. When they have died I don't think the word 'murdered' should be used. They either died on active service, on hunger strike, in prison or were assassinated.
I can fully understand some people referring to their loved one, close friend or comrade, saying they were 'murdered' but If I was a member of the IRA who died in any of the above situations I wouldn't want my dying to be referred as 'murdered'. If I was a member I'd know the risks of being involved. Were Emmet, Pearse, Connolly, Clarke, Mellows, McKelvey, Lynch, McCaughey, South, O'Hanlon, McDermott, Sands, McDonnell, Devine, Campbell, Farrell, McCracken and many others 'murdered'? I would argue each and every one of them knew the risks they took when they went out and faced an enemy that is still here.
PS. In March 1986 a comrade and I were shot and captured by the RUC. A peeler was also shot and we could well have been killed, as that was their intention, but the cowards didn't finish us off. I got 20 years & my comrade got 18 years. Did we whinge about it court in April the following year? No fucking way. So if they'd have killed us our families would Never have said we were 'murdered'. We were combatants although not done with membership of the IRA we obviously can't say we were members of that Once great guerrilla army.