Thursday 24 August 2017

Police arrest 15 men at funeral of man shot dead in Dublin pub

The men were arrested under the Terrorism Act

A guard of honour flanks the coffin of Michael Barr at his funeral in Strabane Co Tyrone this morning. Barr was shot dead at the end of April in a pub in Dublin. PACEMAKER BELFAST
A guard of honour flanks the coffin of Michael Barr at his funeral in Strabane Co Tyrone this morning. Barr was shot dead at the end of April in a pub in Dublin. PACEMAKER BELFAST
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Fourteen men have been arrested at the funeral of a senior dissident republican who was shot dead in Dublin.

Michael Barr (35) was gunned down at the Sunset House bar in Summerhill, North Dublin on Monday, April 25.

His death was linked to the ongoing feud between the Kinahan and Hutch Dublin crime gangs.

Barr was suspected of playing a part in the Regency Shooting where key Kinahan lieutenant David Byrne was gunned down by raiders dressed as gardaí and carrying AK47s last February.

BLOODY FEUD: New IRA member Michael Barr was shot dead in The Sunset House
BLOODY FEUD: New IRA member Michael Barr was shot dead in The Sunset House

The funeral cortege was flanked by dozens in paramilitary uniform with berets and sunglasses as it made its way to the mass which was held at St Mary's Church, Melmount in Strabane.

None of those taking part had their faces covered.

The men were arrested away from the funeral following the service and they have been taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite.

The PSNI said the 15 men were arrested under the Terrorism Act.

Speaking at press conference Superintendent Mark McEwan, District Commander said: "We have had some public commentary that the deceased was allegedly a member of the violent dissident republican grouping known as the New IRA and that the funeral would take place in line with that.

"What we saw on the streets of Strabane was to all intents and purposes a paramilitary style display and as a result of that the policing operation we have arrested 15 men in connection with suspected terrorist related offensives.

"Every police operation has to be developed and policed in the context of the wider community impact.

"Where we suspect a criminal offence has taken place we will move to act, the public would expect us to act.

"The scenes we have seen are not unique but the public do expect us to act.

"Sometimes it is more appropriate that we take an evidence gathering approach and seek to follow that up with arrests and potential prosecutions at  a later date but the situation that presented itself this morning, it was appropriate, necessary and proportionate that we would take those steps so subsequently 15 men were arrested."

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