Thursday 23 November 2017

Honour for soldier shot dead by IRA

Tom Brady Security Editor

A soldier, who was murdered by the Provisional IRA during the rescue of kidnapped businessman Don Tidey almost 30 years ago, is to be honoured by the Government.

Defence Minister Alan Shatter will posthumously award the military star medal to the family of Pte Paddy Kelly, who was shot dead at Derrada Woods in Ballinamore, Co Leitrim, in 1983.

The award will be made at Custume Barracks, Athlone, on Monday, following changes to legislation which had previously confined the medal being awarded to somebody who had been a victim of hostile action overseas only.

Pte Kelly was gunned down with recruit garda, Gary Sheehan, as they took part in a successful operation to free the former Quinnsworth supermarket executive, Mr Tidey, who had been abducted and held for ransom by the IRA. No one has been convicted of his murder.

During the ceremony, Mr Shatter will award the citation and medal to members of the Kelly family.

Irish Independent

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