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Peggy O'Hara funeral: Two released after Strabane arrests

Published 02/12/2015

Masked men attended the funeral of Peggy O'Hara.
Masked men attended the funeral of Peggy O'Hara.

Two Strabane men, arrested in connection with dissident republican activity in relation to the paramilitary displays at the wake and funeral of Peggy O'Hara, have been released.

The suspects, aged 53 and 34, were arrested in Strabane yesterday morning by detectives from Serious Crime Branch investigating a series of offences committed at the wake and subsequent funeral of Peggy O’Hara in Derry.

Detectives are also carried out a number of searches in Strabane.

The 53-year-old man was released pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service, while the 34-year-old was released unconditionally.

Dozens of people in paramilitary-style uniform attended the July funeral of Peggy O'Hara - the mother of INLA member Patsy O'Hara who died on hunger strike in the Maze Prison in 1981.

Days before the funeral masked men were filmed firing shots over her coffin outside her home.

Police were criticised for appearing to allow the funeral procession to proceed without intervening.

However, Chief Constable George Hamilton defended his officers actions saying they were in attendance gathering evidence.

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