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Mural unveiled to IRA members killed in Gibraltar 30 years ago

A mural has been unveiled in memory of three IRAmembers killed in Gibraltar and three men later shot dead in Milltown Cemetery. Picture by Mal McCann

A MURAL was unveiled in west Belfast last night to commemorate three IRA members killed in controversial circumstances in Gibraltar 30 years ago.

Mairéad Farrell, Sean Savage and Daniel McCann were shot dead by the SAS on March 6 1988.

The European Court of Human Rights later found excessive force had been used and the trio's right to life had been violated by a failure to arrest them.

The mural, on the site of the former Andersonstown barracks, also commemorates three men killed in an attack on Milltown Cemetery during the funerals of the three IRA members.

John Murray, Thomas McErlean and IRA man Caoimhín Mac Brádaigh were killed during a gun and grenade attack carried out by loyalist Michael Stone.

Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey told last night's vigil: "We are proud to remember those who lost their lives; their legacy is and will continue to inspire us and make us determined to work towards everything they died for an Ireland where all citizens can live in freedom and with equality".

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