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Sister of Northern Ireland man killed in feud says jailing of murderer 'gives comfort'

By Leona O'Neill

The sister of a Northern Ireland man murdered in a brutal gangland shooting in Dublin says her family will continue their fight for justice after a man was jailed for the murder.

Noeleen Barr (39) was speaking just days after Dublin man Eamonn Cumberton was jailed for life for murdering her 35-year-old brother Michael, while two further suspects remain at large.

Mr Barr, a father of five from Strabane, Co Tyrone, was manager of the Sunset House Bar in Dublin's north inner city area when he was gunned down on April 25, 2016.

He had been standing at the counter of the bar when two men wearing Freddie Krueger masks came in. One of them shot Mr Barr seven times in what the court described as "a deliberate and planned" execution.

The murder has been described as part of the feud between the Kinahan and Hutch crime gangs, which has cost 15 lives so far.

Ms Barr says that her family struggle every day with the loss of her brother.

"The family are glad that some justice has been served," she said. "I personally don't feel anything towards that man. Maybe I'm still numb.

"He sat with his head down and he showed no remorse.

"These past two years have been a horrendous for us. We are torn up. I had to take so long off work and my sister is the same. I am on anxiety medication.

"The aftermath is awful. Everybody is ill.

"My mum has lost half her body weight. My sister didn't leave the house for a year after our brother's murder because she thought the Kinahans were going to kill her.

"It is an awful, horrible feeling. Michael's murder is just still shockingly raw every day.

"My heart goes out to all those people who had to witness that that night. And all those people who were involved in this feud, their mothers. There are families like us sitting heartbroken."

Ms Barr says that the family have been hurt by newspaper reports claiming that her brother was involved in dissident republican activity. She said that her brother was "nothing like the man I read stories about in the paper".

"We read these stories, but that is not the man I knew," she said.

"My brother was a character. He was a loving, gentle, funny man who would have done anything for anyone. We will always have those lovely memories of him and we cherish every minute of them.

"He had five children - two girls and three boys - and he doted on every one of them. He always had time for them and they are going to miss out on so much.

"He was so close to his children, they loved him and he loved them. They all miss him terribly.

"He will never walk his two daughters down the aisle.

"He has children who are young and he won't be at their First Holy Communions and Confirmations. And that to us just tears us up when we look at them."

Ms Barr says that her family will continue the fight for justice for her brother.

"Knowing that someone has been jailed over the murder gives us some degree of comfort," she said. "But we will never give up the fight for justice for my brother.

"There were two other people in the car. I will also fight to clear my brother's name, there has been so much rubbish written about him in some papers. It's so hurtful to read when you are hurting already.

"My brother's murder has changed my life. It has made me think that I need to live my life and stop worrying about stupid things, because you don't know if you're going to be here tomorrow."

The latest victim of the feud, Jason Molyneaux, was shot dead at James Larkin House in Dublin's north inner city on Tuesday.

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