Belfast Telegraph

Monday 30 May 2016

Unions' Belfast vigil a show revulsion at murder of prison officer Adrian Ismay

By Allan Preston

Published 23/03/2016

The vigil for murdered prison officer Adrian Ismay at Belfast City
Hall yesterday
The vigil for murdered prison officer Adrian Ismay at Belfast City Hall yesterday

At Belfast City Hall, a crowd of around 100 people gathered for a vigil of murdered prison officer Adrian Ismay.

Organised by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, a piper played before a minute's silence was held.

Peter Bunting from ICTU said the vigil was an opportunity for the trade union movement "to illustrate its revulsion at the murder of a worker" and "to display our solidarity with prison officers - it's very important that those people are supported".

He added: "Today shows that people are prepared to stand down those who murder workers."

Also attending was Tony Jones (70), from Greenisland. His own father was a governor of Crumlin Road Prison who was killed by the IRA in 1979. "I know what the family is going through because of my memory," he said. "It's sad and I'm very mindful of my own family today. That's why I'm here, because I genuinely do feel for them."

Helen Flynn (29), from Ballynahinch, said: "I'm here just to show that the people of Northern Ireland don't believe in this type of thing. I'm outraged that it's still happening.

Claire McCann (37), from east Belfast, said: "I think it's disgusting that this is still going on. This is a reversion to the past, it's disgusting that people are trying to drag us back to violence. It's devastating for the family and it's really important that we show solidarity with them."

PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/03/2016
Vigil at Belfast City Hall for murdered prison officer Adrain Ismay this lunchtime. Mr Ismay was burried at the same time the vigil took place. He was murdered earlier this month when a group calling itself the New IRA planted a bomb under his van.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/03/2016 Vigil at Belfast City Hall for murdered prison officer Adrain Ismay this lunchtime. Mr Ismay was burried at the same time the vigil took place. He was murdered earlier this month when a group calling itself the New IRA planted a bomb under his van.
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 22/3/2016 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan Family members weep as close family and friends help to carry Adrian's coffin at his funeral in the Shankill area of Belfast - The funeral for prison officer Adrian Ismay who died following a dissident republican bomb attack took place in Belfast today. Mr Ismay, 52, was seriously injured after a booby-trap device exploded under his van in east Belfast on 4 March. He was said to be recovering well, but died in hospital last Tuesday. A group calling itself the new IRA said it carried out the attack. A man has appeared in court charged with murder.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/03/2016 Vigil at Belfast City Hall for murdered prison officer Adrain Ismay this lunchtime. Mr Ismay was burried at the same time the vigil took place. He was murdered earlier this month when a group calling itself the New IRA planted a bomb under his van.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/03/2016 The funeral cortege for murdered prison officer Adrian Ismay arrives at Woodvale Methodist Church this morning. Mr Ismay died 11 days after being seriously injured in an under car bomb planted by a group calling itself the ÔNew IRAÕ on the 4th of March this year. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Tuesday 22nd March 2016 Adrian Ismay: Funeral for prison officer targeted in van bomb The funeral for prison officer Adrian Ismay who died following a dissident republican bomb attack. Among the mourners was Justice Minister David Ford, George Hamilton Chief Constable of the PSNI, Kate Carroll widow of the late Stephen Carroll, Theresa Villiers Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and First Minister Arlene Foster.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/03/2016 Sharon (wife) is comforted with Family and Friends During The funeral cortege for murdered prison officer Adrian Ismay arrives at Woodvale Methodist Church this morning. Mr Ismay died 11 days after being seriously injured in an under car bomb planted by a group calling itself the ÔNew IRAÕ on the 4th of March this year. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/03/2016 Vigil at Belfast City Hall for murdered prison officer Adrain Ismay this lunchtime. Mr Ismay was burried at the same time the vigil took place. He was murdered earlier this month when a group calling itself the New IRA planted a bomb under his van.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/03/2016 Kate Carroll (widow of Stephen Carroll) During The funeral cortege for murdered prison officer Adrian Ismay arrives at Woodvale Methodist Church this morning. Mr Ismay died 11 days after being seriously injured in an under car bomb planted by a group calling itself the ÔNew IRAÕ on the 4th of March this year. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/03/2016 The funeral cortege for murdered prison officer Adrian Ismay arrives at Woodvale Methodist Church this morning. Mr Ismay died 11 days after being seriously injured in an under car bomb planted by a group calling itself the ÔNew IRAÕ on the 4th of March this year. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/03/2016 Justice Minister during The funeral cortege for murdered prison officer Adrian Ismay arrives at Woodvale Methodist Church this morning. Mr Ismay died 11 days after being seriously injured in an under car bomb planted by a group calling itself the ÔNew IRAÕ on the 4th of March this year. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/03/2016 Family and Friends during The funeral cortege for murdered prison officer Adrian Ismay arrives at Woodvale Methodist Church this morning. Mr Ismay died 11 days after being seriously injured in an under car bomb planted by a group calling itself the ÔNew IRAÕ on the 4th of March this year. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
People attend a short vigil in Belfast city centre to remember murdered prison officer Adrian Ismay, whose funeral took place today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 22, 2016. Mr Ismay, a married father-of-three, died eleven days after sustaining serious leg injuries in an under-vehicle bombing. See PA story ULSTER Prison Vigil. Photo credit should read: Lesley-Anne McKeown/PA Wire
People attend a short vigil in Belfast city centre to remember murdered prison officer Adrian Ismay, whose funeral took place today.
Northern Ireland Justice Minister David Ford (centre) at Woodvale Methodist Church in north Belfast for the funeral of prison officer Adrian Ismay, who was murdered by dissident republicans. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 22, 2016. Mr Ismay, a married father-of-three, died eleven days after sustaining serious leg injuries in an under-vehicle bombing. See PA story ULSTER Prison. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
McBurney/Adrian Ismay Funeral of Prison Officer Adrian Ismay Pictured Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary for State Vernon Coaker after the funeral service Date: Tuesday 22 March 2015 Location: Woodstock Methodist Church, Belfast Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Copyright: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Liam McBurney +44 7837 685767 +44 2890 660676 liammcburney@gmail.com
Northern Ireland Secretary for State Theresa Villers after the funeral service
Adrian's wife Sharon looks to the sky as the family walk behind the coffin.
A police officer stands guard near mourners as the funeral of murdered prison officer Adrian Ismay takes place on March 22, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mr Ismay was seriously injured after a booby-trap device exploded under his van in east Belfast earlier this month. The 52 year old was thought to be recovering well from his injuries but died following a heart attack due to complications following the bomb attack. The new IRA, a dissident terrorist group have claimed responsibility for the murder. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 22: A piper leads the cortege as the funeral of murdered prison officer Adrian Ismay takes place on March 22, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mr Ismay was seriously injured after a booby-trap device exploded under his van in east Belfast earlier this month. The 52 year old was thought to be recovering well from his injuries but died following a heart attack due to complications following the bomb attack. The new IRA, a dissident terrorist group have claimed responsibility for the murder. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 22: Sharon Ismay (2nd R) is comforted along with family members outside Woodvale Methodist church as the funeral of her husband, the murdered prison officer Adrian Ismay takes place on March 22, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mr Ismay was seriously injured after a booby-trap device exploded under his van in east Belfast earlier this month. The 52 year old was thought to be recovering well from his injuries but died following a heart attack due to complications following the bomb attack. The new IRA, a dissident terrorist group have claimed responsibility for the murder. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 22: A police officers salutes the hearse on arrival at Woodvale Methodist Church as the funeral of murdered prison officer Adrian Ismay takes place on March 22, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mr Ismay was seriously injured after a booby-trap device exploded under his van in east Belfast earlier this month. The 52 year old was thought to be recovering well from his injuries but died following a heart attack due to complications following the bomb attack. The new IRA, a dissident terrorist group have claimed responsibility for the murder. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 22: Family members follow the remains of murdered prison officer Adrian Ismay as his funeral takes place on March 22, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mr Ismay was seriously injured after a booby-trap device exploded under his van in east Belfast earlier this month. The 52 year old was thought to be recovering well from his injuries but died following a heart attack due to complications following the bomb attack. The new IRA, a dissident terrorist group have claimed responsibility for the murder. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 22: Family members comfort one another outside Woodvale Methodist church as the funeral of murdered prison officer Adrian Ismay takes place on March 22, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mr Ismay was seriously injured after a booby-trap device exploded under his van in east Belfast earlier this month. The 52 year old was thought to be recovering well from his injuries but died following a heart attack due to complications following the bomb attack. The new IRA, a dissident terrorist group have claimed responsibility for the murder. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 22: Family members of Adrian Ismay comfort one another outside Woodvale Methodist church as the funeral of the murdered prison officer takes place on March 22, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mr Ismay was seriously injured after a booby-trap device exploded under his van in east Belfast earlier this month. The 52 year old was thought to be recovering well from his injuries but died following a heart attack due to complications following the bomb attack. The new IRA, a dissident terrorist group have claimed responsibility for the murder. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 22: A man displays the order of service as the funeral of murdered prison officer Adrian Ismay takes place on March 22, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mr Ismay was seriously injured after a booby-trap device exploded under his van in east Belfast earlier this month. The 52 year old was thought to be recovering well from his injuries but died following a heart attack due to complications following the bomb attack. The new IRA, a dissident terrorist group have claimed responsibility for the murder. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/03/2016 Sharon (wife) is comforted with Family and Friends During The funeral cortege for murdered prison officer Adrian Ismay arrives at Woodvale Methodist Church this morning. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
The funeral of murdered prison officer Adrian Ismay at Woodvale Methodist Church, Belfast.
Adrian Ismay: Funeral for prison officer targeted in van bomb The funeral for prison officer Adrian Ismay who died following a dissident republican bomb attack. Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Tuesday 22nd March 2016
Adrian Ismay: Funeral for prison officer targeted in van bomb The funeral for prison officer Adrian Ismay who died following a dissident republican bomb attack. Among the mourners was Justice Minister David Ford, George Hamilton Chief Constable of the PSNI, Kate Carroll widow of the late Stephen Carroll, Theresa Villiers Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and First Minister Arlene Foster. Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Tuesday 22nd March 2016
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/03/2016 A PSNI officer salutes The funeral cortege for murdered prison officer Adrian Ismay arrives at Woodvale Methodist Church this morning. Mr Ismay died 11 days after being seriously injured in an under car bomb planted by a group calling itself the ÔNew IRAÕ on the 4th of March this year. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
The funeral of murdered prison officer Adrian Ismay at Woodvale Methodist Church, Belfast. Copyright: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Adrian Ismay: Funeral for prison officer targeted in van bomb The funeral for prison officer Adrian Ismay who died following a dissident republican bomb attack. Among the mourners was Justice Minister David Ford, George Hamilton Chief Constable of the PSNI, Kate Carroll widow of the late Stephen Carroll, Theresa Villiers Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and First Minister Arlene Foster. Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Tuesday 22nd March 2016
The funeral for prison officer Adrian Ismay who died following a dissident republican bomb attack is underway in Belfast.
The funeral for prison officer Adrian Ismay who died following a dissident republican bomb attack is underway in Belfast.
The funeral for prison officer Adrian Ismay who died following a dissident republican bomb attack is underway in Belfast.
The funeral of murdered prison officer Adrian Ismay at Woodvale Methodist Church, Belfast.
PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton at the funeral for murdered prison officer Adrian Ismay arrives at Woodvale Methodist Church
Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt and party colleague Danny Kennedy at the funeral for murdered prison officer Adrian Ismay arrives at Woodvale Methodist Church
Belfast City Hall vigil for Adrian Ismay
Belfast City Hall vigil for Adrian Ismay
Belfast City Hall vigil for Adrian Ismay
Belfast City Hall vigil for Adrian Ismay
Belfast City Hall vigil for Adrian Ismay
Belfast City Hall vigil for Adrian Ismay
Belfast City Hall vigil for Adrian Ismay
Flowers laid in tribute of Adrian Ismay
Prison officer Adrian Ismay
Other tributes were also left
Adrian Ismay

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