A FORMER President of Sinn Fein and one-time IRA chief of staff, Ruairi O’Bradaigh, has died on Wednesday afternoon aged 80.
It is understood he passed away at Galway Hospital around 1.30pm.
Sources said had been suffering from cancer for a number of years.
Mr O’Bradaigh was ousted as Sinn Fein president in the 1980s by Gerry Adams during a coup by Adams and his supporters.
He later set up Republican Sinn Fein and its terror wing, the Continuity IRA.
O’Bradaigh was a fierce critic of Gerry Adams and Sinn Fein who he accused of ‘selling out’ Irish republican principles by signing up to the Good Friday Agreement and accepting the Police Service of Northern Ireland.