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Family of murdered garda in SF protest

THE family of a detective and hurling star who was murdered by the IRA are removing a memorial in his honour from the Opera House where Sinn Fein is holding its Ard Fheis.

A plaque on an endowment chair dedicated to the memory of the late Wexford detective Seamus Quaid is to be temporarily removed during the annual political rally as part of a "mini-protest" by the late garda's family.

Gda Quaid was gunned down by IRA man Peter Rogers, originally from Belfast but living in Wexford town, in October 1980.



It happened when the former Wexford All-Ireland hurling star stopped Rogers at a checkpoint and found explosives in the back of his van.

Rogers was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison, but was later freed under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

Eamon Quaid, the son of the murdered officer, said the decision by Sinn Fein to hold its annual meeting in the town where Gda Quaid lived was a slap in the face for the family.

Gda Quaid was on the Wexford team that won the All-Ireland hurling final in 1960 and did security for the Opera House, his son said.

As a result, his widow Olive bought an endowment chair in the theatre following its refurbishment that was dedicated to Gda Quaid's memory.

When the Quaid family learned that Sinn Fein was holding its Ard Fheis at the Opera House next month, it was too late to persuade them to change the venue, Eamon Quaid said.

So they requested that Gda Quaid's plaque be removed as a symbolic gesture. "It's our mini-protest," Mr Quaid said.