Thursday 18 January 2018

Soldier murdered in Don Tidey kidnapping to be given military honour

Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

A SOLDIER murdered by the IRA during a shoot-out in the search for kidnapped businessman Don Tidey is to be awarded the Military Star Medal.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter will posthumously award the medal to the family of Private Paddy Kelly, who was killed on active service in Ballinamore, Co Leitrim in 1983.

During the Presidential election last year, Private Kelly’s son accused Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness of being a liar.

David Kelly confronted Mr McGuinness during canvassing in Athlone, Co Westmeath, and also accused him of being on the IRA army council.

Mr Kelly's father Patrick Kelly, 35, was shot dead along with trainee garda Gary Sheehan, 23, at Derrada woods, during the rescue of the kidnapped supermarket tycoon.

“I want justice for my father,” he told Mr McGuinness while clutching a picture of Private Kelly.

“I believe that you know the names of the killers of my father and I want you tell me who they are. You were on the army council of the IRA.”

Mr McGuinness denied being on the IRA's army council or knowing the killers' names.

Justice and Defence Minister Alan Shatter will award the medal on Monday.

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