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Glen Barr: Funeral of former loyalist leader takes place

The funeral of former loyalist leader Glenn Barr took place on Friday.

The funeral service took place at Ebrington Presbyterian Church at 2pm.

The 75 year old passed away at Altnagelvin Hospital on Wednesday, in his native Londonderry.

Mr Barr played a key role in 1974 Ulster Workers Strike which caused the collapse of the Sunningdale powersharing administration, due to the disruption it caused.

During the Troubles, Mr Barr was a UDA leader for the North West area and visited Libya for talks with Colonel Gaddafi as part of a UDA delegation.

East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell led tributes to the former loyalist leader, describing him as a “tireless campaigner”.

Rev Paul Linken told mourners at the service of how hard Mr Barr worked at cross-community work and helping others build a career, he said: "In many ways Glen set about trying to bring two distinctive people together."

Rev Linken continued the father of four " loved to have his family around him."

In recent years, he became an advocate for peace and reconciliation and was involved in community work, including setting up an employment and training scheme in Derry for local young people.

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