Monday, February 20, 2006


Antrim murder may be linked to loyalists

Wars only end when both sides stop their violence It appears loyalists are up to their old tricks again in Ireland's north.

It has emerged that the 49-year-old man who died following a serious assault in County Antrim last night may have defied orders from loyalist paramilitaries to leave town.

Detectives launched a murder inquiry after Tommy Hollran died in hospital from serious head injuries, after being found lying in an alleyway in Carrickfergus.

It is claimed he had been told to quit the town late last year after a dispute with loyalist paramilitaries.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Carrickfergus Mayor David Hilditch also called for help in hunting down those responsible. The Democratic Unionist MLA said:

"The whole town is shocked by what's happened.

"I would appeal for anybody who knows anything about this despicable attack to please get in touch with the police.

"It would also save the family further pain if the perpetrators gave themselves up."

I echo the sentiments of Mr Hilditch and my thoughts go out to the poor man's family.

This kind of carry on has simply got to stop. When will the loyalists stop their war?


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