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Family appeal to media to stay away from funeral

27 May, 2008

Sinn Féin MP Martin McGuinness this evening visited the McLernon family in Toome who lost two members of their family in a weekend accident in Donegal. Mr McGuinness spent some time with Martin McLernon. The family asked Mr McGuinness to appeal to the media to stay away from tomorrow's funeral.

Mr McGuinness said:

"The weekend accident which claimed the lives of Martin McLernon's wife and young daughter was a massive tragedy.

"I spent some time with the family this evening and they are adamant that they wish to be allowed to grieve in peace away from the glare of the media. Mr McLernon has asked me to appeal to the media including photographers not to attend tomorrow's funerals and respect the family wish for privacy." Ends

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