Saturday 26 May 2018

Dissident republican prisoner group pays tribute to gangland murder victim Michael 'Mickey' Barr

The remains of Michael 'Mickey' Barr (right) are removed from the murder scene, inset Michael Barr
The remains of Michael 'Mickey' Barr (right) are removed from the murder scene, inset Michael Barr

A dissident republican prisoner group has paid tribute to gangland murder victim Michael 'Mickey' Barr.

The 35-year-old was gunned down as he worked in The Sunset House in Dublin's Summerhill on Monday night.

His murder is believed to be connected to the ongoing gangland feud between the rival Hutch and Kinahan mobs.

Despite his links to drugs gangs, the Irish Republican Prisoner Welfare Association (IRPWA) insisted Barr was "held in such high regards".

In a statement, released on their Facebook page, the group said: "IRPWA would like to extend our condolences to the family of former Republican Prisoner and IRPWA member Mickey Barr RIP who was tragically murdered on Monday night.

"After his release from Portlaoise Prison Mickey worked tirelessly for the IRPWA and he will be sorely missed by all those who worked alongside him and by his comrades in Portlaoise, Maghaberry and Hydebank.

"Our thoughts are with his partner, children, father and entire family circle at this difficult time and hope they find some comfort in the fact that Mickey was held in such high regard by his comrades in the IRPWA."

The statement went on to say that funeral arrangements will be announced later.

Barr was originally from Co Tyrone but had been living in north Dublin for the last number of years.

A senior republican source claimed Barr had recently left the New IRA.

The source added that Barr will not get a republican military-style funeral.

The IRPWA claim on their website to be an all Ireland body set up to look after the welfare of Republican Prisoners.

They claim that they are not aligned to any political group.

Last Saturday the group held a controversial military style parade on Dublin's O'Connell Street to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising.

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