Hibernia Those We Lost By Ian Worpole Tom Murphy 1968-2007 Actor Tom Murphy died on Octob
In Ireland's Civil War (1922-3) Keating fought against former colleagues as a member of the IRA faction that opposed the 1921 peace treaty with Britain. He was eventually captured by the Irish Free State forces and spent seven months in a prisoner of war camp.
He served several short terms in prison for insurrectionary activity, including an aborted assassination attempt of a former general of Free State forces. Keating took part in an IRA bombing campaign against London in 1939-40.
Dan Keating was a staunch believer that Ireland could not be at peace until the border dividing the Republic of Ireland from the North was eliminated. He maintained his position of hard-line Republicanism until the end. As a member of the Provisional IRA, Keating spent 27 years trying to overthrow British rule.
Even after the Provisional IRA's 1997 cease-fire agreement and decision to support Sinn Fin to push for a negotiated deal, Keating switched allegiance to a breakaway faction that supported continued bombings. Denouncing the past 15 years of peacemaking efforts as "a joke," Keating made one of his last appearances in a 2007 newspaper ad appealing to Sinn Fin not to begin cooperating with the police in Northern Ireland.
Dan Keating had no immediate survivors. His death, at the nursing home where he spent his last years, was confirmed.