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Greysteel gunman speaks of regret that more didn't die

By Ciaran O'Neill

One of the UFF gang behind the "trick or treat" murders at the Rising Sun bar in 1993 has revealed his regret that more people were not killed during the attack.

Jeffrey Deeney said he felt "dejected" that his gun had jammed during the shootings in which seven people were killed while enjoying a Halloween party in the Greysteel pub.

Deeney, one of two gunmen who opened fire in the bar, said he did not believe the attack was right but that it "had to be done" in retaliation for the bombing of a Shankill fish shop a week earlier which killed 10 people including the IRA bomber.

The two attacks marked one of the darkest periods in the Northern Ireland Troubles.

Deeney, who received a life sentence for his part in the shootings but was released from prison under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement, speaks about his memories of the 1993 attack in a new book published this week about the peace process in Northern Ireland.

'Endgame in Ireland' is written by journalists David McKittrick and Eamonn Mallie.

After the IRA bombing of the Shankill shop which killed bomber Thomas Begley and nine customers Deeney's unit was ordered to carry out an attack on the Rising Sun bar in the mainly Catholic village.

Deeney said he remembers his mind going blank as he entered the pub.

"Things seemed surreal as if we was in a dream," he said.

"I remember one of the customers saying something, and then shooting and firing my gun once.

"It jammed and I couldn't clear, and then everything was quiet, things seemed to be going is slow motion."

Another gunman fired more than 40 shots, killing seven people and injuring a further 19.

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