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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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

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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 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.

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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 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 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.

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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 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 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

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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 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

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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 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. 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

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People attend a short vigil in Belfast city centre to remember murdered prison officer Adrian Ismay, whose funeral took place today.

People attend a short vigil in Belfast city centre to remember murdered prison officer Adrian Ismay, whose funeral took place today.

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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

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

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Pictured Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary for State Vernon Coaker after the funeral service 

Date: Tuesday 22 March 2015
Location: Woodstock Methodist Church, Belfast
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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

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Northern Ireland Secretary for State Theresa Villers after the funeral service

Northern Ireland Secretary for State Theresa Villers after the funeral service

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Adrian's wife Sharon looks to the sky as the family walk behind the coffin.

Adrian's wife Sharon looks to the sky as the family walk behind the coffin.

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 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)

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)

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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: 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)

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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: 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)

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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: 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)

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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 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)

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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 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)

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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: 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)

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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)

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)

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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.
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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.

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. Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Tuesday 22nd March 2016

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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

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

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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.
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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

The funeral of murdered prison officer Adrian Ismay at Woodvale Methodist Church, Belfast. Copyright: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

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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

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

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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 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.

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

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

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

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

Flowers laid in tribute of Adrian Ismay

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Prison officer Adrian Ismay

Prison officer Adrian Ismay

Other tributes were also left

Other tributes were also left

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Adrian Ismay

Adrian Ismay

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.

The funeral has taken place for a prison officer who died eleven days after a dissident republican bomb exploded under his van in east Belfast.

Hundreds of family, friends and colleagues of 52-year-old Adrian Ismay attended the service at a church off the city's Shankill Road.

The 52-year-old married father of three required surgery after an explosive device partially detonated under the van he was driving on Hillsborough Drive off the Woodstock Road just after 7am on Friday March 4 - causing a loud explosion.

A host of dignitaries joined Mr Ismay's wife, Sharon, and three daughters, Samantha, Sarah and Tori, at the funeral service.

The president of the Methodist Church of Ireland, Rev Brian Anderson, told the congregation that the dark act which took Mr Ismay's life was in stark contrast to the light the Cumbrian-born Falklands veteran brought to so many.

"In the darkest part of night, probably dressed in dark clothes, dark men did a dark, dark deed, bringing us to this place today, leading to the loss of Izzy, causing us to travel through the valley of the shadow of death," he said.

Rev Anderson said the funeral provided a platform to send a strong message to those still intent on violence.

"It gives me the opportunity to voice the opinion and the thoughts of the overwhelming number of people across our country to say we reject what you have done, we stand against what you have done, we want to build an inclusive peaceful society in Northern Ireland and your contribution to it we do not want," he said.

"It's incumbent upon us as a society to ensure that those men who represent a time in our past don't get any fuel and we want them to go away and it's up to us at all levels of society to ensure we build a society that does not want them, does not need them and rejects them utterly."

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers, Stormont First Minister Arlene Foster and Justice Minister David Ford attended, as did Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) Chief Constable George Hamilton and NI Prison Service director-general Sue McAllister.

The Irish Government was represented by the Department of Justice's acting secretary- general, Noel Watters.

Scores of prison officers from Northern Ireland attended, as did representatives from other prison services.

Mr Ismay's Prison Service cap, gloves and medals were set on top of his coffin as family members carried it from the church.

Mr Ismay had only driven a short distance from his home when the device detonated as he went over a speed ramp.

The long-serving officer was based at Hydebank Wood Young Offenders Centre in south Belfast and worked as a trainer for new recruits to the NI Prison Service.

The man was taken to hospital and had undergone surgery and was understood to be recovering well.

Mr Ismay died on Tuesday of a heart attack triggered by a blood clot, 11 days after he was injured in the dissident republican attack.

The attack was claimed by renegade group the New IRA.

As the funeral took place in north Belfast, in the city centre a public vigil for the officer was held outside City Hall.

A crowd of around 100 people gathered for the vigil organised by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, where a piper played before a minutes 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 people are prepared to stand down people who murder workers.”

Also attending was Tony Jones (70) from Greenisland. His own father was a governor of Crumlin Road Prison and 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.”

Police fear the bombing was part of a planned upsurge in dissident activity ahead of the symbolic republican centenary of the Easter Rising against British Rule in Dublin.

All visits to Maghaberry and Hydebank Wood have been cancelled today to facilitate staff attending their murdered colleague's funeral.