Former Taoist Bertie Arhen said he had always considered Martin McGuinness at the highest level of interim IRA leadership until his disarmament in 2005.
The late McGuinness, who served as Deputy First Minister for 10 years until his death in 2017 in the Northern Ireland Executive, recommended that he remain a member of the IRA after 1974.
In a new RTE One documentary examining the life and legacy of a Symphony politician, Arhen said: “I always interacted with Martin. Martin was effective if not the IRA ‘s number one leadership, and he was the person the IRA cared for. ”
In a documentary airing Wednesday night, Arhan says, “My assessment is that Martin may have been involved in the IRA until the end and his dismissal.
“What exactly is a member? One thing I do know when I talk to them is that time is running out and Jerry and Martin went to see the IRA, and I know when the ceasefire was restored in 1997, they were dealing directly with the IRA in Dublin when I was talking to them. ”
The peace process
He said McGuinness is a full member.
In the documentary, Mr. McGuinness’s ability as a debater and politician, his direct style, and his role in the peace process are described.
“Martin was very straightforward. Jerry [Adams] Roll around the mulberry bush hundreds of times. Martin was very easy to interpret, so he did business with them. ”
Over a period of four decades, McGuinness provides a detailed examination documentary on how he transitioned from a former IRA leader to a Deputy First Minister in his hometown of Derry, the Rev. Fr. He shares power with Ian Paisley and the DUP, and is running for Queen Elizabeth Irish presidential candidate.
It includes the contributions of key people who have met him in his political career, including former US President Bill Clinton, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and former US Senator George Mitchell.
‘Chief of Staff’
Throughout the process leading up to the Belfast deal, Blair said, McGuinness had “fundamentally changed his attitude toward those at war.”
Although McGuinness has consistently denied that he was a member of the IRA since 1974, many contributors say he held senior leadership positions in the late 1970s and 1980s.
Former IRA member Kieran Conway says: “The Northern Command was created, Martin was its first commander, and in 1977/1978 he became Chief of Staff, a very popular appointment.”
Derry writer and commentator Eamonn McCann says on the program: “Martin McGuinness did not leave the IRA in 1974. . . After all, if you are a member of a secret army, it must be a secret that you are a member of the military. ”
Mr. McGuinness died in 2017 from a rare genetic condition.
The documentary quotes his own view of his legacy. “I don’t really care how history evaluates me. Historians, many of them come from different historical perspectives, and I leave it to their judgment and the judgment of the people. If you consider the journey you have taken, I think someone thinks it will divide you reasonably. ”
McGuinness airs Wednesday nights at 9.35pm on RTÉ1.