Hundreds of people have attended the funeral of one of the Provisional IRA’s founding members in west Belfast .
Billy McKee, 97, is believed to have been a former officer commanding of the IRA in Belfast and a member of its “army council”.
Born in 1921, McKee is believed to have joined the IRA in the 1930s.
He also refused to condemn the murder of Belfast mother-of-10 Jean McConville who was abducted and secretly buried by the IRA.
McKee added that he had no regrets about his life.
He is seen by many as a ‘hard-line republican’ who fell out with Sinn Féin over the peace process.