Saturday 24 February 2018

PSNI makes arrest in wedding gun attack probe

Barney McGinley
Barney McGinley

Sam Griffin

POLICE in Northern Ireland investigating the murder of 63-year-old Barney McGinley at a Traveller wedding last week have arrested one man.

The father-of-nine died after he sustained injuries in a shotgun attack just minutes before his niece made her way down the aisle at St Mary's Church in Newtownbutler, Co Fermanagh.

Two other members of the wedding party were injured in the incident, which is being linked to an ongoing feud between families within the travelling community.

The PSNI said they had arrested a 46-year-old man in Belfast in connection with the death of Mr McGinley.

Detective Chief Inspector Una Jennings said the suspect was being questioned at a police station in the city and enquiries were continuing.

Earlier this week, mourners gathered amid a strong garda presence for the funeral of the grandfather in Athlone were told violence is never the answer. "On a day that was to be a joyful family occasion, others chose to end the goodness of Barney's life and leave a family in such grief and loss," said Fr Turlough Baxter.

Irish Independent

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