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Two arrested over INLA display at Peggy O'Hara funeral released unconditionally

Published 16/09/2015

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

Two people have been arrested over the INLA paramilitary displays at the wake and funeral of Peggy O'Hara.

A 53-year-old man and a 44-year-old woman were arrested in Londonderry on Wednesday.

Both have been released unconditionally.

Police also searched a number of properties in the Creggan area of the city.

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.

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.

Police have again appealed for anyone with information to contact investigating officers.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Philip Montgomery repeated a number of appeal points for the community's assistance.

He said: "Were you in the area of Templegrove on July 15?

"Did you see anyone dressed in paramilitary-style uniform?

"Did you see any suspicious activity in and around the area of Templegrove on the evening of the July 15?

"Did you hear what may have been shots being fired that evening?

"Did you see, or know where the gunmen went after the incident?

"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 July 18?

"Did you see anyone dressed in paramilitary-style uniform on July 18?

"Are you able to identify anyone who was dressed in paramilitary-style uniform on July 18?

Detective Inspector Montgomery continued: “Do you have any information which may assist this investigation? If so, please contact Detectives on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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