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Hundreds attend funeral of veteran republican Joe Haughey

The funeral of republican Joe Haughey passes Carrick Hill in Belfast. Picture by Mal McCann.

HUNDREDS of mourners, including senior members of Sinn Féin, have attended the funeral of veteran republican Joe Haughey.

The north Belfast man died in hospital last Tuesday following a short illness.

As his coffin, draped in a tricolour, made its way from his Carrick Hill home yesterday it was flanked by veteran republicans who formed a guard of honour.

Joe Haughey who died following a recent illness

Among those to attend the funeral of the 66-year-old was Sinn Féin MLAs Gerry Kelly and Carál Ní Chuilín, as well as north Belfast councillor JJ Magee and senior republican Sean 'Spike' Murray.

In June 1986, Haughey had been acquitted of involvement in the high profile murder of Mary Travers and the attempted murder of her father, magistrate Tom Travers.

Haughey and IRA woman Mary McArdle were charged in connection with the attack.

He was originally identified by Mr Travers as being the man who killed his daughter, however his identification evidence was questioned during trial and Haughey was acquitted.

McArdle was sentenced to a life term for the murder.

The funeral of Joe Haughey leaves Carrick Hill for Requiem Mass at St Patrick's Church. Picture by Mal McCann.

In June 16 1991, Haughey survived a murder attempt when loyalist gunmen opened fire from a passing car close to Unity Flats hitting him in the arm.

More recently he was among a list of republicans wanted for questioning by the Operation Kenova team, investigating a series of murders carried out by the IRA agent known as Stakeknife.

Among those to carry the coffin was former IRA prisoner Joe Doherty, who escaped from Crumlin Road jail with members of the so called M60 gang in 1981.

He was arrested in the United States in 1983 and fought a nine-year legal battle against extradition and deportation, with a street corner in New York City being named after him.

Joe Doherty (left) carries the coffin as the cortege makes its way to St Patrick's in Donegall Street. Picture by Mal McCann.

Doherty was close friend of Haughey, who in June 1986 was acquitted of involvement in the high profile murder of Mary Travers and the attempted murder of her father, magistrate Tom Travers.

Following Requiem Mass at St Patrick's Church in Donegall Street, the funeral cortège made its way to the City Cemetery for burial. He is survived by his wife Mary, daughter Joanne, sons Liam and Sean, and grandchildren.
Hundreds of people attend the funeral of republican Joe Haughey. Picture by Mal McCann.

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