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Police make three arrests over paramilitary displays during Peggy O'Hara's funeral

By Claire Williamson

Published 09/09/2015

The funeral of Peggy O’Hara, mother of INLA hunger striker Patsy O’Hara
The funeral of Peggy O’Hara, mother of INLA hunger striker Patsy O’Hara

Police investigating paramilitary displays during the wake and funeral of veteran republican Peggy O'Hara have made three arrests.

A 43-year-old woman and two men aged 44 and 57 were arrested in Londonderry this morning and have been taken to the Serious Crime Suite at Antrim Police Station for questioning.

Police are also conducting searches as part of the investigation.

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

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

The Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Philip Montgomery has also reissued a number of special appeal points.

1. Were you in the area of Templegrove on 15th July 2015?
2. Did you see anyone dressed in paramilitary-style uniform?
3. Did you see any suspicious activity in and around the area of Templegrove on the evening of the 15th July 2015?
4. Did you hear what may have been shots being fired that evening?
5. Did you see, or know where the gunmen went after the incident?
6. Were you along the route of the funeral cortege from Templegrove to the City Cemetery via Buncrana Road, Northland Road, Bishop Street and Lone Moor Road on 18th July 2015?
7. Did you see anyone dressed in paramilitary-style uniform on 18th July 2015.
8. Are you able to identify anyone who was dressed in paramilitary-style uniform on 18th July 2015?


Detective Inspector Montgomery said: “Do you have any information which may assist this investigation, if so please contact Detectives on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 8000 555 111.”

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