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Grave of murdered IRA prisoner Kevin McGuigan sealed in concrete at Belfast City Cemetery

An image posted on social media of Kevin McGuigan's grave at Belfast City Cemetery
John Monaghan

THE grave of a former IRA prisoner, who was murdered in 2015, has been sealed in concrete.

Kevin McGuigan, a father-of-nine, was shot dead outside his home at Comber Court in the Short Strand area of Belfast in August 2015.

The then PSNI chief constable, George Hamilton, said that members of the Provisional IRA were involved in the murder.

Mr McGuigan had been suspected by some in the republican movement of involvement in the murder of former IRA leader Gerard "Jock" Davison in the Markets area of Belfast in May 2015, an accusation he had denied.

Mr McGuigan was buried in the City Cemetery in west Belfast, but his widow, Dolores, has expressed her disgust after discovering that the grave had been encased in concrete during a recent visit.

The Sunday Life reported that she was confronted with a concrete slab when she went to pay her respects last week.

"I went to visit my husband today to find a block of cement covering him," she wrote on social media, alongside a 'before and after' image of her husband's final resting place.

"I can't believe how hurtful, deceitful and disrespectful someone can be.

"No matter where you are Kevin you will always be with me. I love you so much Kevin and miss you every day. Your loving wife Dolores xxxx."

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