Friday 18 August 2017

'Criminal feuding is tearing apart working-class Dublin': Dissidents deny revenge plan for Michael Barr murder

Michael Barr was shot dead in the Sunset House pub
Michael Barr was shot dead in the Sunset House pub

Kathy Armstrong

Dissident Republicans "want no part" in the bloody Hutch-Kinahan feud, they said in a statement.

A year after Michael Barr was gunned down in Dublin's Sunset House, Republican political group Saoradh have denied reports they are planning retaliation.

The Irish Daily Star reports: "Republicanism has had no part nor does it want any part of the criminal feuding that is tearing apart working-class Dublin."

Barr (35) was killed by the Kinahan gang after they suspected him of being involved in the killing of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in February 2016.

Michael Barr's coffin is draped in the Tricolour at the funeral in Strabane.
Michael Barr's coffin is draped in the Tricolour at the funeral in Strabane.

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Tyrone native Barr was  a member of the New IRA but they have denied they are plotting revenge.

Speaking a ceremony at  Barr's grave in Strabane last weekend, an activist said: "The blame for Micky's death lies squarely with the southern state and its proxies.

"Also to blame are those former republicans who have besmirched the cause of Irish freedom by siding with criminality and blurring the line between republicans and gangsters in the public's view - providing the state with invaluable propaganda to damage the republican struggle.

"Let us understand that the only ones who have benefited from the death of Micky Barr is the failed 26-county state that republicans want to see overturned.

"The state has tried through this heinous deed to draw republicanism, at a time when it is strong and resurgent, into a counter-revolutionary trap that would set us back in our current task of building."

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