Saturday 1 October 2016

IRA chief is murdered in broad daylight

Paul Williams

Published 06/05/2015 | 02:30

Police in Welsh Street, in the Markets area near Belfast city centre following the fatal shooting of Gerard
Police in Welsh Street, in the Markets area near Belfast city centre following the fatal shooting of Gerard "Jock" Davison, a former IRA commander
Gerard Davison
A forensic officer checks the scene for evidence

A former IRA commander murdered in broad daylight is believed to have organised and then helped cover up the notorious killing of Robert McCartney.

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Gerard 'Jock' Davison, who was expelled from the IRA following the murder of Mr McCartney in 2005, was gunned down in a gangland-style attack that took place in front of terrified children yesterday.

The leading Republican figure was shot several times by a lone gunman close to his home in Belfast city centre.

The killing was witnessed by children going to school, one of whom cried out "Daddy, Daddy".

The PSNI has ruled out the involvement of either dissident Republicans or Loyalists but says he had "made plenty of enemies over the years".

The 47-year-old was one of three IRA members kicked out of the movement in the wake of the killing of Mr McCartney, which seriously jeopardised the Northern Ireland peace process.

Davison was accused of drawing his finger across his throat in a gesture to other IRA members to attack the father of two.

Irish Independent

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