Seán Caughey

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Seán Caughey (Irish: Seán Mac Eochaidh[1]) (died 18 July 2010) was an Irish republican, and later a monarchist and activist.

Based in Belfast, Caughey was the secretary of the local branch of the Gaelic League,[2] He was the founding secretary of the Northern Ireland Council for Civil Liberties, on which he represented the "Six County Election Directorate".[3]

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, he campaigned for the release of 166 internees in D-Wing of Crumlin Road Prison. He was then secretary of the Belfast Council for Civil Liberties.[4]

Caughey was the most prominent Belfast-based member of Sinn Féin, then a banned organisation in the United Kingdom. Considered a member of the conservative wing of the movement, he was known for his advocacy of a "National Liberation Council" to unite various organisations and form a new governing body for Ireland,[5] and the "Éire Nua" concept.[6] He stood as an independent Republican in the 1964 general election in North Antrim, but took less than 10 percent of the vote.[7]

Caughey was elected as a vice-president of Sinn Féin in the early 1960s, but he resigned in June 1965, after the organisation refused to change its policy of abstentionism, and would not recognise the government of the Republic of Ireland.[8] Despite this, after the split of 1970, he rejoined the provisional wing of the party,[9] and became an early editor of Republican News, but came into conflict with the party leadership. He was removed in 1975 and replaced by Danny Morrison.[6] Sean Caughey was interned in Long Kesh 1971-1972. His wife and 10 children aged 1 to 17 endured extreme hardship during his time in Long Kesh. A life long Republican he left the Provos when it was taken over by Marxists. In his final years, Caughey, under the Irish version of his name, was an advocate of re-establishing the Irish high kingship, as well as a "new Catholic Ireland".[10]


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  2. ^ The Times House of Commons 1964, p. 229
  3. ^ Conn McCluskey, Up off their knees, p. 25
  4. ^ "Seán Caughey," Saoirse, August 2010, p. 15
  5. ^ Sean Swan, Official Irish Republicanism, 1962 to 1972, p. 154
  6. ^ a b Patrick Bishop and Eamonn Mallie, The Provisional IRA, p. 225
  7. ^ Westminster - Antrim North,
  8. ^ Sean Swan, Official Irish Republicanism, 1962 to 1972, p. 115
  9. ^ Sean Swan, Official Irish Republicanism, 1962 to 1972, p. 105
  10. ^ See his Árd Ríocht na hÉireann and Pobal na hÉireann Archived 2012-10-25 at the Wayback Machine. websites, accessed 22 April 2011.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Rory O'Driscoll and Larry Grogan
Vice-President of Sinn Féin
with Larry Grogan

Succeeded by
Larry Grogan and Joe Clarke
Media offices
Preceded by
Leo Martin
Editor of Republican News
Succeeded by
Danny Morrison