Saturday 1 October 2016

'He has to live with the death of my unborn grandchild'- Grief-stricken father-in-law of innocent gangland victim

David Kearns

Published 30/05/2016 | 23:08

Larry Power, father-in-law of murder victim Martin O'Rourke (Inset: Martin O'Rourke and his partner Angeline)
Larry Power, father-in-law of murder victim Martin O'Rourke (Inset: Martin O'Rourke and his partner Angeline)

The father-in-law of innocent gangland murder victim Martin O’Rourke has hit out at Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald for acting “too late” to halt the bloody Kinahan and Hutch feud which has already claimed seven lives.

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A grief stricken Larry Power, father to Martin’s fiancée Angeline, said the violence that has gripped Dublin's inner city in recent months has been allowed to go on too long.

“The Minister for Justice like she saying about putting armed Gardaí on the street, it’s too late now isn’t it?,” he told Claire Byrne during an emotional exchange on RTÉ One.

“You know there’s no regard whatsoever for human life anymore.

“People told me down there in Sheriff St that if it had have been 20 minutes earlier some of the kids could have been shot coming out of the crèche.”

He added: “To be honest about it, if a person gave me any amount of money to go out and kill a person, I wouldn’t kill a person for money. I would like... who gives me the right to take another person’s life? I’m not God.”

Tragic shooting victim Martin O'Rourke pictured with his partner Angelina Power
Tragic shooting victim Martin O'Rourke pictured with his partner Angelina Power

Innocent Martin O’Rourke (24) was gunned down in a botched hit by a Kinahan gunman who mistook him for Hutch associate Keith Murtagh in Dublin last month.

The father-of-three’s partner Angeline was three months pregnant at the time, and tragically lost her baby, which her father claimed was due to grief.

Asked if any good could come from the murder of his son-in-law, Mr Power said it was too late, adding that if Martin’s death could have stopped the feud it would have happened by now.

“My message would be now to the people that are carrying out those killings is to please try and think about the distraught and the torment and the upset and the suffering that you’re putting into peoples lives, for the rest of their lives.

Martin O’Rourke’s fiancee Angelina Power leans against the hearse containing his body. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Martin O’Rourke’s fiancee Angelina Power leans against the hearse containing his body. Photo: Caroline Quinn

“[Martin] didn’t deserve it you know, three kids don’t deserve to grow up without a father for something that they didn’t do.

“He was in the wrong place at the wrong time you know and as for that guy that done Martin, I do know he has to live with that.

The coffin of Martin O’Rourke is carried to St Michan’s Church accompanied by a piper. Photo: Caroline Quinn
The coffin of Martin O’Rourke is carried to St Michan’s Church accompanied by a piper. Photo: Caroline Quinn

“And it’s not one death, it’s two deaths he has to live with.

"He has to live with the death of my unborn grandchild and the death of my son-in-law Martin.”

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