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Rosemary Nelson anniversary event in west Belfast

Rosemary Nelson was killed by loyalists in 1999
Connla Young

AN event marking the 19th anniversary of the murder of solicitor Rosemary Nelson will take place in Belfast tomorrow.

Mrs Nelson was killed after a loyalist bomb exploded under her car in Lurgan on March 15 1999.

The annual event will this year focus on the issue of “retrieving information”.

Organised by human rights campaigner Padraigin Drinan, it has been billed as a “working meeting” and those attending will include Vincent McAnespie, whose brother Aidan was shot dead by a British soldier near Aughnacloy in 1988.

McGurk’s Bar campaigner Robert McClenaghan and Niall Ó'Murchú from the Paper Trail charity will also be joined by English community worker Stafford Scott on the panel.

Ms Drinan said it is important to remember the murdered solicitor.

“Rosemary Nelson did not have an inquest and never had justice,” he said.

“She had an insufficient inquiry but not justice.

“If she had been alive she would have been fighting for justice for everybody else.”

The event will take place at 7pm at Conway Mill in west Belfast, with food served from 6.30pm.

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