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CIRA gun tribute

The Continuity IRA have taken the unprecedented step of firing a volley of shots over a picture of a recently deceased North Belfast volunteer, in what was a rare public show of strength for the organisation.

The Andersonstown News was given exclusive access to the brief tribute, which was carried out in the Lower Falls area this week.

Desmond McCormick from North Belfast died in October. The 41-year-old father-of-four was said to be a respected member of the republican organisation.

In a statement to the Andersonstown News the CIRA claimed the recently deceased man as one of their own: "Desmond McCormick was a committed republican, but more importantly he was a faithful republican. His sudden death was a shock to his comrades and his many friends in Ireland.

“Desmond repudiated English rule in his country and stood firm on the fundamental republican position."

Desmond McCormick’s funeral took place in Sacred Heart Church and he was buried in Milltown Cemetery. He is survived by his wife Karen and four children.

A spokesperson for the CIRA added: "On behalf of the leadership of the CIRA we offer our deepest condolences to his family."

Journalist:: Allison Morris

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