10 February 2006

Commemoration for SF councillor

Daily Ireland

By Connla Young

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usRepublicans from across Counties Derry and Antrim will gather this weekend to mark the 17th anniversary of the murder of Sinn Féin councillor John Davey.
The veteran republican was murdered in the lane way of his home at Gulladuff, Co Derry, on St Valentine’s Day, 1989 as he returned home from a monthly meeting of Magherafelt District Council.
The Ulster Volunteer Force later claimed responsibility for his murder.
Magherafelt Sinn Féin councillor Sean McPeake said there was collusion between Mr Davy’s killers and the security forces.
“John Davey was a well-respected public representative whose murder was a result of collusion between unionist paramilitaries and the British security services. The people who controlled and directed the loyalist death squad that murdered John are the same British securocrats who last week provided the information to write the IMC report. Their war against republicans has not ended.
“The British government have a duty and an obligation to get their house in order. They need to bring these anti-peace process elements to heel if progress is to be made in the coming period and they need to come clean on their role in the conflict here and begin to provide answers for this family and the hundreds of other families who suffered at their hands.”
Members of Magherafelt District Council recently voted to erect a plaque at the council’s headquarters in memory of John Davey and council colleague Bernard O’Hagan who was also murdered by loyalists.
Sunday’s commemorative event which will be addressed by Sinn Féin MLA for West Tyrone, Barry McElduff, starts at 2.30pm at St Mary’s Churchyard, Lavey.

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