Wednesday 13 December 2017

Even dogs on street know IRA murdered dad, says daughter

Kevin McGuigan
Kevin McGuigan

Rebecca Black

The daughter of murdered Belfast man Kevin McGuigan has challenged Sinn Féin after its denials that the Provisional IRA were responsible for his killing.

Mr McGuigan was shot dead outside his home on Comber Court in the Short Strand area on Wednesday night in front of his wife Dolores.

Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey, along with party colleagues, insisted that the PIRA was not responsible for the 53-year-old's murder.

But Mr McGuigan's daughter Sarah-Jane took to Facebook to say: "Alex Maskey wise up, even the dogs in the street know them scum IRA murdered my Daddy.

"A good man and a good republican, there is no man could fill his boots and they know that."

Her brother Teddy supported her, saying he had "never seen truer words in my life".

"Our lives will never be the same without you daddy, you devoted your life to us all especially your best friend my mummy and your six grandkids, don't know how we're going to get through this," he posted.

Mr McGuigan leaves behind nine children and six grandchildren. He was set to become a grandfather again this year.

In 1986 he was jailed for 12 years along with Ardoyne republican Martin Meehan for abducting a British soldier.

It is understood he was subjected to a punishment shooting a number of years ago, which was ordered by former IRA commander Jock Davison.

And the Provisionals believed Mr McGuigan was the gunman who shot dead Davison in the nearby Markets area in May.

Local people said they had "no doubt whatsoever" that Mr McGuigan had been shot dead by the Provos, describing it as "pay-back for Jock".

Northern Ireland's First Minister, Peter Robinson, has warned there will be political repercussions if it is established that the PIRA was involved in the murder.

But TUV leader Jim Allister launched a bitter attack on Mr Robinson over his response to the shooting.

Mr Allister accused the DUP leader of not wanting to blame the IRA on the murder because of political ramifications.

He claimed: "Peter Robinson's comments following the murder of Kevin McGuigan have a familiar ring to them because we've heard it all before", referring to the murder of Paul Quinn in south Armagh in 2007.

Mr Quinn (21) was beaten to death by a gang, believed to be members of the IRA. Mr Allister added: "Who believes that the murder of Kevin McGuigan will seriously impact the political process any more than Paul Quinn's murder made any difference?"

Last night, a 44-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman in police custody were released unconditionally.

Irish Independent

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