Tuesday 21 May 2019

Calls to revoke licence of IRA bomber after new arrest

Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers
Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers

Deborah McAleese

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers is under pressure to revoke Shankill bomber Sean Kelly's licence, despite his release last night after questioning over the murder of Kevin McGuigan.

Kelly killed nine people when he blew up a fishmonger's in 1993. He was later released under the Good Friday Agreement.

Kevin McGuigan Snr, a 53-year-old father of nine, was last week gunned down in East Belfast in a suspected feud between former IRA members.

He was questioned, but never charged, over the murder of former IRA leader Gerard 'Jock' Davison three months ago.

It is understood that Kelly was in Donegal at the time of the shooting. Last night he was released without charge. But in light of his arrest, demands were made to revoke his licence.

DUP MP Nigel Dodds said: "Kelly was handed nine life sentences ... He was a mass murderer and should never have been released in the first place."

Another man arrested by the PSNI, aged 53, has been charged with possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Irish Independent

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