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Sinn Féin condemn flying of British SAS flag at Loughgall

2 May, 2017 - by Mickey Brady, Francie Molloy

Sinn Féin's Mickey Brady has condemned the flying of a British SAS flag at Loughgall as insensitive which will add further distress to the families of the nine men who were killed there 30 years ago. 

Republicans recently held a commemoration in Cappagh, Co. Tyrone to remember the fatal events of 8th May 1987 when eight IRA Volunteers and civilian Anthony Hughes were shot dead by the SAS in the village. 

The Newry/Armagh MP Mickey Brady said: 

"Having recently attended a commemoration to mark the 30th anniversary of the Loughgall massacre, I'm appalled to learn that a British SAS flag has been reported as flying in the village. 

"This shameful act of glorification will only serve to add further distress to the families of the nine men as we approach the 30th anniversary."

Mid Ulster MP Francie Molloy added: 

"The tragic events of Friday 8th May 1987 will be forever defined as one of the saddest periods for the Republican family in County Tyrone. This is a sinister and provocative development which Sinn Féin has reported to the PSNI. 

"Questions will be asked as to who has been responsible for this act, particularly as to whether former or serving members of the British forces were involved." 

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