John McKeague

John Dunlop McKeague[1] (1930[1] – 29 January 1982) was a prominent Ulster loyalist and one of the founding members of the paramilitary group the Red Hand Commando in 1970.[2][3] Authors on the Troubles in Northern Ireland have accused McKeague of involvement in the Kincora Boys' Home scandal but he was never convicted.[4] He was shot dead by the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) in Belfast in January 1982.[5]

John McKeague
McKeague in a BBC interview in 1976
Born1930
Bushmills, County Antrim
Died29 January 1982
Albertbridge Road, Belfast
Cause of deathGunshot wounds
NationalityBritish
OccupationShopkeeper
Notable work
Loyalist Song Book
TitleLeader of the Red Hand Commando
Term1972–1973
Predecessornew position
SuccessorWinston Churchill Rea
Political partyProtestant Unionist Party
Ulster Independence Association
MovementUlster Protestant Volunteers
Shankill Defence Association
Red Hand Commando
Criminal charge(s)Bombing
Incitement to hatred
Criminal penaltyAcquitted of both charges