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Tribute to sacrifice of Prison Service
BY Mark raineY
mark.rainey@newsletter.co.uk

Massereene parade ‘off’
The families of two soldiers shot dead outside Massereene Army barracks three years ago have said they do not want a band parade in memory of their sons to take place in Antrim. A row had been rumbling between unionists and nationalists in the town over the proposal for 30 bands to parade to the barracks on the third anniversary of the murders. Turn to page 12

Man is shot in Buncrana

In today’s news Letter, we pay tribute to the men and women of the northern Ireland Prison Service who, for over three decades, bravely endured terrorist threats and murderous attacks. Since the beginning of the Troubles, 29 officers were killed in service with many more physically wounded or psychologically damaged. Most of those murdered were gunned down while offduty – many in front of their families and in some cases with their children in their arms. Paying tribute to their service and sacrifice, former nIo minister Adam Ingram praises the officers for their “forti-

tude and dedication” on the road to peace. “We owe a debt of gratitude to them,” Mr Ingram says. “I met many fine men and women and their families and it brought home to me the enormity of their task.” Jennifer Doonan nursed her prison officer sister Mabel for 30 years after she was paralysed in an IRA gun attack in 1979. Although their strong Christian faith sustained them through the darkest of days, the physical pain and heartache was often unbearable. “She was able to prop herself up in her special bed and as she sat with the Bible open in front of her she needed a towel to catch the tears,” Mrs Doonan reveals.

A young man from the Waterside area of Londonderry was seriously injured in a shooting in Buncrana, Co Donegal, it was reported last night. Meanwhile, police are investigating two separate shooting incidents at bookmakers in different parts of Londonderry. In the first incident at 8.18pm a masked male entered a bookmakers in Central Drive in Creggan and fired a single shot, while at 8.28pm two masked men entered a bookies on the Racecourse Road near Shantallow and fired a number of shots. no injuries were reported.

UUP discusses ‘Mcnarry affair’

See our special supplement, pages 29 to 36, and Morning View, page 18

The ulster unionist Party’s disciplinary committee met for the first time yesterday since it was announced that an investigation would be launched into the “Mcnarry affair”. The five-strong committee, chaired by veteran party figure Tom Fleming, held its first discussion a week after uuP chairman David Campbell released a statement announcing the disciplinary move against David Mcnarry and unspecified other uuP figures. See page 4

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