Friday 20 April 2018

Angry clashes break out at O Bradaigh funeral

FUNERAL: Mourners beside members of the Emergency Response Unit and gardai in riot gear.
FUNERAL: Mourners beside members of the Emergency Response Unit and gardai in riot gear.

There were angry scuffles in the Protestant section of St Coman's graveyard in Roscommon town at the funeral of veteran dissident republican leader Ruairi O Bradaigh.

The scuffles arose as a 'colour party' of 20 brought the coffin to the grave, which was ringed by 14 gardai.

Some mourners then clashed briefly with members of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) and gardai in riot gear shortly after 1.45pm yesterday.

The O Bradaigh family were joined by upwards of 1,800 mourners. The former Sinn Fein president and ex-IRA chief of staff O Bradaigh was described as a man for all seasons in a bi-lingual mass in St Coman's Cathedral in Roscommon. Ruairi O Bradaigh was 80.

He is survived by his wife Patsy, children Matt, Ruairi Og, Deirdre, Conchur, Eithne and Colm, and brother Sean.

Irish Independent

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