Heavy Garda presence at funeral of Omagh Bomb suspect

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There is a heavy Garda presence at the funeral of Omagh Bombsuspect, Seamus McKenna.

UPDATE: Larry Keane, known as ‘Bomber’ was jailed for 15 years in 1998 after he was caught driving a car containing a bomb, stated to be twice the size of the Omagh bomb. Last night, (July 18th 2013) he was kicked to death in a walkway between St John’s Lane and the Greenhills Housing Estate in Athy, Co Kildare. More via the Irish Mirror

Meath News blog reports: ‘Teams of uniformed and armed gardaí set up checkpoints on approach roads around 1km around Ravensdale and searched cars making their way to the funeral at St Mary’s Church. Gardaí also questioned mourners, took personal details and requested ID from many of those attending. The Garda Dog Unit is also at the scene and reinforcements from the Public Order Unit in Leinster Area are on standby. A Garda Helicopter is monitoring the funeral.’

McKenna was tried in a civil case in connection with the Omagh Bombing of 1998 which left 29 dead. Four co-defendants were found guilty but McKenna was cleared of involvement. He died last week in a scaffolding accident.

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