Saturday 25 November 2017

Family of innocent gangland victim 'getting rid of TV' to stop children hearing about father's killers

Martin O’Rourke was shot dead
Martin O’Rourke was shot dead

Cian Murray

The family of Martin O’Rourke, who was shot dead in a case of mistaken identity on Sheriff Street last April, said that they are finding it difficult to hide news of killings from his children.

Larry Power, the father of O'Rourke's fiancée Angelina, told Joe Duffy on RTÉ Radio One’s Liveline that the day-to-day life of the family has changed drastically.

Angelina had three children with O'Rourke and was expecting a fourth when he was fatally shot.

Mr Power said: “The eldest just started school… I’m thinking about not even having a TV in the house because of the kids. [News of the killings] is everywhere.

“They would have heard it and they would have heard it in the schools and that. They heard a couple of weeks ago that something happened in Crumlin.”

Mr Power was speaking in the aftermath of the attempted shooting of Johnny Hutch on Friday last.

Inner city Councillor Nial Ring added that the ongoing Kinahan-Hutch feud is affecting the everyday life of many people in the north part of the city. 

He said: "We can't have the children desensitised to a world where shootings and check points become a part of everyday life."

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