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Foster hails security force members in tribute to dad

By Staff Reporter

Published 14/09/2016

Shooting: John Kelly
Shooting: John Kelly
Arlene Foster

Arlene Foster has paid tribute to those who served in the security forces during the Troubles as she remembered her father on what would have been his 86th birthday.

The First Minister was speaking as she opened the new premises of Decorum NI in Balloo Avenue, Bangor.

Decorum NI is an organisation that helps former members of the security forces.

The DUP leader's father John Kelly, who died in 2011, was a part-time RUC reservist when he was shot in the head by the IRA at the family farm near Roslea in 1979.

The murder bid had a profound effect on the teenage future First Minister.

Last night Mrs Foster wrote on Facebook: "Tonight I had the pleasure and privilege to open new premises for Decorum NI in Bangor. This is an organisation which provides support to victims and their families including those who served in the regular armed forces, RUC, UDR and the Prison Service.

"It was humbling to listen to the stories of pain, anguish and yet hope. I was able to share a little of my own story and then I remembered that tomorrow would have been my Dad's 86th birthday.

"So I rededicate all that I do to him and all the victims of terrorism in NI. There will be no rewriting of what happened and no equivalence between the brave security forces and the evil terrorists."

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