The sisters of IRA murder victim Robert McCartney have described the killing of senior republican Gerard 'Jock' Davison as "if a weight was lifted" from their shoulders.
Mr Davison, who was shot dead in Belfast last week, was accused of ordering the brutal murder of Mr McCartney in 2005. The former IRA commander was questioned by police but denied any involvement in the vicious crime that threatened the peace process in Northern Ireland.
Mr McCartney's sisters, Paula and Catherine, who have campaigned tirelessly for justice for their brother's murder, said they were left shaken when they heard Davison was gunned down.
Speaking to Miriam O'Callaghan on RTE Radio One, Catherine said: "The way I would sort of say it was as if, very strangely, as if a weight was lifted. Now, justice probably would imply there was an element of right about it, but murder is murder at the end of the day and we would condemn that.
"But on that very human level, he has been in our lives for the past 10 years and we can never think of Robert without thinking of Jock."
Paula said he had no sympathy for Davison when she heard he was murdered.
"I did get emotional when I heard that he was dead, to the point where I cried. But I wasn't crying for him, I was crying for Robert. And to me, it was the reality that he wasn't coming back," she said.
In her book, Wall of Silence, Catherine McCartney claimed Davison ordered Robert's murder by drawing his finger across his throat.