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Real IRA man killed by Gardai remembered

Francie Mackey
Connla Young

Republicans have gathered in Dublin to mark the 19th anniversary of a Real IRA member killed by Gardai.

Ronan MacLochlainn was shot dead by a member of the National Surveillance Unit during the attempted robbery of a security van near Ashford, Co Wicklow, on May 1, 1998.

MacLochlainn was killed after an armed officer fired two shots into a vehicle he had just hijacked at gunpoint.

The officer who shot the 28-year-old was himself killed in an accidental shooting two years later.

Speaking at the republican plot in Glasnevin Cemetery on Sunday, 32 County Sovereignty Movement national chair Francis Mackey urged support for The Proclamation Project, which was recently launched by the group.

Mr Mackey said the project is a“five year strategy to put Irish republicanism back into the driving seat of securing Irish unity”.

A commission of Investigation was later set up in the Republic after the European Court of Human Rights ruled his shooting was not properly investigated. The commission later ruled that he was lawfully killed.

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