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Murder is Murder is Murder not my words but Mrs Thatchers
Latest news on suspicious death of Noah Donohoe
Noah Donohoe pictured here with his mother Fiona
The 14-year-old went missing on 21 June. His body was found in a storm drain in north Belfast six days later.
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He was travelling to Cave Hill country park to meet friends on the day of his disappearance, the Irish News has reported.
A spokesperson for his family said the “post-mortem raises more questions than answers”.
Andree Murphy, from Relatives for Justice, told BBC News NI that the family are asking for anyone with information, particularly CCTV footage that might track his movements, to come forward.
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A small, private funeral service was held for the 14-year-old at St Patrick’s Church on Donegall Street in Belfast on 1 July.
Mourners lined the streets to pay their respect to the popular St Malachy’s College pupil.
According to the Irish News, Noah was doing work towards his Duke of Edinburgh award on the day he went missing and it is believed he brought his laptop to gain extra credits during his time off school.
A number of items belonging to him – including his black Apollo mountain bike and some clothing – were found during search operations.
Noah’s phone and laptop were also recovered by police and the family are keen to have these returned to them, the Irish News said.
They have not yet been told if the PSNI have examined the phone’s GPS, the newspaper added.
The family believe the phone’s mapping system may have information on the final movements of the teenager. The disappearance of the grammar school pupil caused a widespread outpouring of grief and sympathy.
Supt Muir Clark said that police “continue to investigate the tragic death of Noah on behalf of the coroner.”
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He said police were finalising a leaflet appealing for information.
It will be distributed to households where the occupants were unavailable to speak to police during the initial stages when Noah disappeared.
“We are aware of media reports stating that the family had been told this proposed leaflet drop had already been undertaken. This is not the case. This may have arisen through a misunderstanding,” he said.
“While respecting that this is a very painful time, police are in contact with Noah’s mother to ensure that she is up to date on the investigation,” he added.
In a tribute to those who helped to search for the schoolboy, the message added: “Noah’s love was great enough to reach the selfless hearts of north Belfast and beyond as they showed overwhelming compassion and empathy in bringing Noah home. Love has no boundaries.”
The Donohoe family say a clip of Noah playing the guitar on Mother’s Day is how he should be remembered.
Ms Murphy has again appealed on behalf of the family for anyone with information to come forward.
“We would like to make another appeal to the public, on behalf of the family, please bring forward any information they may have, particularly any CCTV on the evening of Fathers Day,” Ms Murphy said.
With many thanks to: BBC NewsNI for the original story
FAQ: Police Ombudsman’s Office NI; Urgent. RE: Police Investigation and handling of Noah Donohee’s Disappearance and Death
Compliant made to the Police Ombudsman of NI regarding the disappearance and suspected murder of Noah Donohoe by the illegal loyalist organisation of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)
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Further information on the murder of Noah Donohee by the UVF
More truth and information not being released to the Family and the public around the death of Noah Donohee by the RUC/PSNI
https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js“>http://<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Second source confirms Willie Miller committed suicide after the UDA came around. So this Miller was related to UVF leader in Mt Vernon and told his uncle he was involved in Noah’s death before taking his own life. <a href=”https://t.co/JUUmIuNTXL”>pic.twitter.com/JUUmIuNTXL</a></p>— Cmd. Eochaidh – (P-Anon) 🇮🇪 (@One_Shot_Paddy) <a href=”https://twitter.com/One_Shot_Paddy/status/1277381189721038853?
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Pro fide st patria
QUESTIONS REMAIN IN NOAH CASE
THE discovery of 14-year-old Noah Donohee’s body on Saturday, after a massive search operation in North Belfast over the last week, was a heart-breaking development, Noah, a student at St Malachy’s College who lived in the south of the city, had vanished in mysterious circumstances while cycling in the Shore Road district on the evening of Sunday June 21st. Hundreds of volunteers from across North Belfast and beyond came together to comb all the surrounding streets and parkland areas in carefully coordinated attempts to find any clues about the disappearance of the schoolboy. It was an outstanding response, involving all sections of society, and everyone who give up their time to support the emergency services deserves the highest praise. There were hopes that Noah might turn up safe and well but a specialist unit eventually located his body deep inside a 1km-long storm drain in the neighbourhood where he was last seen, with police saying ‘NO CRIME WAS SUSPECTED’.
There will be enormous sympathy for his mother, Fiona, who previously sent out an emotional message of gratitude to all those who tried to find her only child, as well as his relatives and friends in the difficult days ahead. It is also essential that police disclose further details about what happened to Noah, as very little information about the case involving issues obviously in the public interest has so far been released. We do not know why a young boy, wearing a rucksack containing his laptop, travelled alone across the city on a Sunday evening, with detectives so far unable to establish if he was intending to meet anyone. It is also completely unclear how Noah apparently came to fall off his bike along North Queen Street, sustaining a head injury which may have caused a period of disorientation and resulted in him taking off his clothes. Police were correct to warn about the dangers of circulating rumours and speculation via social media while Noah was still missing, but, now that his body has been recovered, the basic facts of the tragedy require clarification. Noah was by all accounts a particularly gifted person in academic, musical and sporting terms, and the prayers of the entire community will with his his grieving family.
The Mount Vernon UVF were fully responsible for the murder of Noah Donohee! I challenge the RUC/PSNI – Sinn Féin and also the DUP/UVF/UDA to challenge me. Trust me all the organisations named above will loose in their arguments with me I can guarantee that 110%. Or else you might find me dead. My life and my risk I won’t stand by and be brainwashed by the so-called rule of law. It’s a fucking joke!!!
With many thanks to: The Irish News for their personal opinion for the original story.
With many thanks to: Cms.Eochaidh – (P-Anon) (@One_Shot_Paddy) for the original posting on Twitter
Persuading parties that Black Lives Matter
LISBURN town council has voted that it “stands with Black Lives Matter”, but only after a UUP (Ulster Unionist Party) amended removed mention of the Black Lives Matter movement.
This is a triumph of the peace politics – higher standards will require a fundamental rethink. Among DUP objections to the original motion, proposed by the Alliance Party, were that Black Lives Matter is “anti-family” and “far left”. Abortion was also mentioned. Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council had a debate along similar lines. A half-forgotten but suddenly pertinent detail of recent history is that ‘identity politics’, for want of a better term, was imported into the North of Ireland from the early 1980s by unionist thinkers, for want of a better term. Their intention was to modernise our politics along American lines, with themselves as the religious right, or at least the conservative right. The notion continues tripping unionists up to this day, including those barely aware they subscribe to it.
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Family of man shot by British Army to take legal action against PPS
BRITISH SOLDIERS HANDED LOYALIST GUNMAN OVER TO THE UDA NEXT DAY AFTER THE MURDERS
DECADES OF PAIN: BROTHER OF 13-year-old GUN VICTIM SPEAKS OUT
“It’s very unnerving to know that, around the same time our loved ones were murdered they were letting loyalist gunmen go”
A BRITISH Army unit responsible for the murder of five unarmed Catholic civilians, including a 13-year-old schoolgirl, handed a loyalist gunman over to the UDA.
Ministry of Defence (MoD) documents reveal how a day after the Springhill Massacre in 1972, British soldiers from the 1st Battalion of the Kings Regiment arrested a 17-year-old found walking the streets of West Belfast with a pistol and 11 rounds of ammunition. But instead of criminally charging the young gunman, he was released into the hands of a loyalist terror boss who told soldiers the UDA “will sort him out”. The shocking revelation can be made after secret British military logs were unearthed by a Belfast-based legacy research group. Paper Trail called the incident an example of “casual collusion” between members of the British security forces and loyalist Paramilitaries during the Troubles.
Five people, including a 13-year-old schoolgirl and a Catholic priest, were murdered when soldiers opened fire on the Springhill estate on July 9th, 1972. Margaret Gargan (13), David McClafferty (15), John Dougal (16), Patrick Butler (39) and Catholic priest Father Noel Fitzpatrick (40) were all shot dead in a hail of gunfire that lasted 90 minutes. Eyewitness reports from the time say Patrick Butler and Fr Fitzpatrick had been attempting to reach Margaret, the Ballymurphy Massacre’s youngest victim, who was shot in the head as she chatted to friends. The killings took place 11 months after the Ballymurphy Massacre and just six months after Bloody Sunday. Copies of the military logs, seen by the Sunday World, showed that at 11.08pm on July 10th, 1972, just over 24 hours on from the Springhill murders, the Kings Regiment reported it had arrested a gunman in the Springmartin Road area.
A follow-up note at 11.47pm stated that the youth, whose name was redacted in the publicly available documents, was carrying a 9mm pistol and 11 rounds of ammunition in a holster. “He does not have a fire arms certificate”, the log added. “Arrested by patrol and not RUC. “If detained by Security Forces, there will be a major incident”. The 17-year-old, described as “very frightened”, was photographed and “documented”. The logs stated he was due to be handed over to the RUC”. However, another log a few minutes later by the CO (Commanding Officer) stated the gunman “will now be released by British Military on advice of the RUC”
Ciaran MacAirt, Project Manager with Paper Trail, who compiled the research, said: “These two incidents involved the same British Army regiment – just over 24 hours apart and just a couple of hundred yards away from each other, “In one incident, 1 Kings committed mass murder, killing unarmed teenagers, a family man and the local priest; in the other, 1 Kings colluded with the RUC and UDA and released a loyalist gunman it had caught in the act. “The difference, of course, was that Springhill was an Irish Catholic estate and Springmartin was a British Protestant estate.”
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He added: “The Springhill and Westrock families have been fighting for truth and justice for their loved ones for over 47 years. “But what happened to the loyalist gunman who was released by the British Army and RUC? Was he involved in loyalist violence after his release? Did he hurt other people? And did the British Army and police call in a favour after that night and use him as an agent – he certainly owed them?” Speaking to the Sunday World, Harry Gargan (60), whose 13-year-old sister was shot dead by the same British troops, said: “It’s very unnerving to know that, around the same time our loved ones were murdered they were letting loyalist gunmen go. In fact, it is horrific.” The grandfather from West Belfast, who was 12 when his sister was murdered in the street, said it was yet again more proof that a new inquest is needed into the atrocity. In 2014, Attorney General John Larkin directed that new inquests into the deaths should be opened. However, to date that has not happened. Harry said: “My family’s aim is to get this inquest and that was always our aim. Just what Ballymurphy got, just what Bloody Sunday got.
“You would think it wouldn’t be too much to ask. It’s always been fight, fight, fight. We’ve tried to get our campaign off the ground like Ballymurphy but we get so far and it falls away.” He added : “Margaret’s killing was cold-blooded. I don’t believe it was an ordinary soldier that killed her. She was shot dead with one bullet wound to the temple from a distance – it was a target kill. “The thing that my mother and father could not get over was, during the inquest at the time, someone from the MoD (Ministry of Defence) stood up and read out a statement saying a solider identified a 20-year-old gunman. They were trying to say they thought she was a 20-year-old gunman and it was a mistake. “But no one challenged them on this. They were allowed to stand up and say whatever they wanted and walked out. “My mother and father came back to our house that day destroyed.”
Describing the impact of the loss of his older sister had on his family, Harry said: “I could never accept it for a long time. “I don’t remember the funeral or anything. Sometimes you wonder how you’ve come through all of it – it’s hard. My mother didn’t exist for a long time after Margaret died. She couldn’t even get out of bed. “Myself and Bernadette, Margaret’s twin sister, would go to the shop for her. “When I was a bit older and out drinking, when I was coming home and saw the living room light on I wouldn’t go in to the house. “I would have went walking for two hours around the place because I couldn’t I couldn’t bear to see my mother sitting there crying. She just couldn’t get over it. She died at 57-years-old of a heart attack. “Eventually she came around a good bit, but she never got over it.”
With many thanks to: The Sunday World and Patricia Devlin for the EXCLUSIVE original story
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