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Our family will get justice in end, says Michaela McAreavey's brother

By Greg Harkin

The brother of murdered newlywed Michaela McAreavey has revealed how her family believe there will be justice ultimately for her death.

Mark Harte, a 33-year-old teacher, said the Harte family knew that, ultimately, last year's trial "wasn't going to bring Michaela back".

Michaela was murdered in her hotel room whilst on honeymoon with her husband John in Mauritius in January 2011.

Several suspects in the case were subsequently cleared of her murder.

Speaking as a special guest at a Novena last night, Mr Harte said: "Regardless of what happened out there, we believe there will be an ultimate justice. I was never brought up with the view of 'an eye for an eye'. If someone does a wrong to you, there's no point in doing a wrong back again."

He said the family took great hope from the Michaela Foundation, which is hoping to have camps in 10 counties next year.

Mr Harte got a standing ovation when he told those gathered at the Passionist Monastery at The Graan, near Enniskillen, how faith had helped his family cope with the loss.

He was introduced to the congregation by Fr Brian D'Arcy, who is based there.

"There is hope in the face of darkness or in times of difficulty," said Mr Harte.

"Through the power of prayer you can find the ultimate hope and after Michaela's death we found our hope in prayer and through the support of family and friends."

He said the death of his sister "only served to strengthen my faith".

He went on: "There is a greater plan out there. We don't always know what it is -- but there is a higher life out there.

"Life is a series of peaks and troughs. Unquestionably there have been tough days.

"But there are rays of light and hope. When my brother and his wife welcomed a new child into the family on Michaela's anniversary, we heard while we were at Mass. I think that is very powerful."

Mr Harte added: "Even prior to Michaela's death, we have always been people of strong faith. That has been the way -- those are my earliest memories -- faith has been the bedrock of family life."

More than 1,000 people packed into the St Gabriel's oratory at the monastery to hear Mark Harte speak at the Novena.

People travelled from Dublin, Cork, Galway and throughout Ulster for the nine-day religious event, which will also include sermons from a charity worker who left the priesthood to get married, a female Methodist minister and politician Brian Crowley.

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