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Vigil for Adrian Ismay to be held on Tuesday

Published 18/03/2016

Mr Ismay, a 52-year-old father of three children, died from a heart attack on Tuesday, eleven days after he sustained serious injuries in an under-van bomb blast claimed by renegade group the New IRA
Mr Ismay, a 52-year-old father of three children, died from a heart attack on Tuesday, eleven days after he sustained serious injuries in an under-van bomb blast claimed by renegade group the New IRA

A public vigil has been organised for murdered prison officer Adrian Ismay.

Trade unionists have called on people to attend the event at Belfast City Hall next week to demonstrate their opposition to the dissident republican killing.

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) said the silent vigil would also provide an opportunity to show solidarity with Mr Ismay's family and other prison officers in Northern Ireland.

Similar rallies have been held in the wake of past dissident murders.

Mr Ismay, a 52-year-old father of three children, died from a heart attack on Tuesday, eleven days after he sustained serious injuries in an under-van bomb blast claimed by renegade group the New IRA.

The vigil will take place outside Belfast City Hall at 1pm on Tuesday next week.

Peter Bunting, assistant general secretary of the ICTU, said: "All workers across the communities that make up Northern Ireland must unite to ensure that our peace process will not be derailed.

"Those behind this murder must be faced down with a public display of the unity of the people of Northern Ireland.

"We urge all employers in both the public and private sectors to facilitate, if possible, their workers to attend the rally."

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