Michael James Collins (Irish: Mícheál Séamus Ó Coileáin), Born 16 October 1890 – Died 22 August 1922, was an Irish revolutionary leader, Minister for Finance, Director of Information, and Teachta Dála (TD) for Cork South in the First Dáil of 1919, Adjutant General, Director of Intelligence, and Director of Organisation and Arms Procurement for the IRA, President of the Irish Republican Brotherhood from November 1920 until his death, and a member of the Irish delegation during the Anglo-Irish Treaty negotiations. Subsequently, he was both Chairman of the Provisional Government and Commander-in-chief of the National Army. Collins was shot and killed in an ambush in August 1922 during the Irish Civil War.
“There is no crime in detecting and destroying in wartime the spy and informer. They have destroyed without trial. I have paid them back in their own coin.” – Michael Collins commenting on Bloody Sunday, when his men gunned down British spies in Dublin.
“Give us the future..we’ve had enough of your past..give us back our country to live in—to grow in..to love.” – Spoken during the treaty negotiations by Michael Collins.
Historical information taken from Wikipedia; Quotes are from http://http://www.irishcentral.com