A traditional funeral

Interesting story on the BBC website about the funeral of a former internee called Jim Gallagher in Derry. Shots were fired over his coffin, which had a tricolour draped over it. In itself, the firing of shots over the coffin of someone who has died peacefully is unusual, but not entirely exceptional, as seen at the funeral of founding INLA member Johnnie White in Derry not long ago. What makes this especially interesting is that the BBC said that he had been involved in the Republican Network for Unity, a coalition of people mainly formerly involved in the Provisionals opposed to the current political dispensation. It raises questions about that organisation and a possible relationship to paramilitaries, although it is possible that it allows dual membership with other groups. Be interesting to see if there is any follow-up on this.

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