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Witness appeal to Official IRA man killed by army in 1972

Paul O'Connor of the Pat Finucane Centre has called for witnesses to the 1972 killing of an Official IRA man to come forward
Connla Young

AN appeal has been made for witnesses to the killing of an Official IRA man by the British army more than 40 years ago.

Edward (Ted) Brady was shot during a gun battle on the Oldpark Road in north Belfast in July 1972.

The 30-year-old, who was an ex-internee, was said to have been unarmed at the time.

Several people were killed during a gun battles across the city which erupted after an IRA ceasefire broke down.

A man said to be helping Mr Brady was also shot but survived.

Paul O'Connor of the Pat Finucane Centre said recently-accessed inquest papers showed the RUC made no effort to take witness statements from members of the public at the time.

He said it is important for people with information to come forward.

“If you have any information about what occurred that Saturday afternoon on the Oldpark Road or know someone who does please contact us,” he said.

“Did you observe the soldiers on ‘static duty’ with a stationary armoured car at the corner of Louisa St and Oldpark Rd?

“Did you observe the scene in and around Ardilea St and Oldpark Rd where Mr Brady and two other individuals were shot?”

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