Pregnant partner of gangland murder victim lost baby after killing
The devastated partner of innocent gangland victim Martin O'Rourke lost the couple's fourth baby in the aftermath of his murder.
Angeline Power (23) was around three months pregnant when her fiance was gunned down by mistake in Sheriff Street as part of the ongoing Hutch-Kinahan feud.
Her dad Larry, who saw himself as a father figure for his late son-in-law, said that the latest tragedy was "very frightening" for his daughter.
"She's lost the baby. I think it was after the stress and everything that went on with Martin," he said.
"It a was very, very, very frightening experience," he said.
The young mum is "doing well at the moment", Mr Power said, although the reality of her partner's murder has yet to fully sink in, he added.
"If we were to keep everything she says belonged to Martin, we'd need a storage unit, everything couldn't have been his but she's trying to hold on to everything," he said.
Mr Power also told the Herald that he would be willing to sit down with both Christy Kinahan and Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch to help them come to a peace agreement. Peace would only come from the gangs themselves and not the gardai, Mr Power said.
"If these people could see reason about what they're doing to people's lives, but do they even care?
"I'd sit down here with Christy Kinahan and Gerry Hutch no problem, and I'd ask them how would they feel if they woke up and their four-year-old granddaughter asked them 'why did the angels take my daddy?'
"I'd say 'you sit her down when she's 15 or 16 and explain to her why her father was killed'," he said.
"They're sending out young fellas to do contract killings, as they call them, and they're killing innocent victims.
"My son-in-law came back to me in a coffin and my three grandkids are left without a father.
"We want peace in this country and to live and let live.
"I can't understand how these so-called mafia people would put a gun into a young lad's hand aged 16, 17 or 18 years old and tell them go out there and kill someone.
"Nine times out of 10 he is already panicking anyways.
"He's looking for the gardai when he takes the gun out - same as what happened with Martin, he [the hitman] doesn't care where he shoots."
Mr Power said he has been able to forgive the man who shot his son-in-law.
"At this moment, if the man that shot Martin was sitting in front of me I'd shake his hand, but I'd say to him 'you've to live with this, I don't'.
"As for now I would forgive the individual that did this to Martin because I don't think he was in the right mind.
"The majority of those lads who are out doing this are high as kites on drugs and they don't know if they're coming or going," he said.
It was "possible" that another innocent life could be lost in the ongoing feud, Mr Power said, and the gardai "could only do so much to prevent further bloodshed".
"The guards are only human too, they have a uniform but it's not bullet proof. They are risking their lives on a daily basis.
"I couldn't criticise the gardai. It would be very unfair of me as they're up against it," he said.
"I don't think arming the guards will make any difference.
"People are terrified with the crime rate and the guards have all that to deal with. I honestly don't think that we have enough guards.
"Look at all the garda stations closing down. I remember years ago the neighbourhood guard knew every one of our names and we'd respect him and he'd respect us," he said.
"Now you don't see that. That's all cut back now. I think that needs to be looked into."
Despite the double tragedy to hit the family, they are doing their best to overcome the shocking murder of the dad-of-three, who was "starting to turn his life around".
They are a close-knit unit and Angeline is back living with her mum and dad with two of her children.
"I've never felt like this about anyone, but Martin was so young and he was trying to prove himself to myself and my wife for the kids."
Martin's oldest child, daughter Angela (4), continues to ask questions about her dad's death.
"She does know something has happened because she keeps on asking about her dad.
"She says 'why did the angels take my daddy? Has God not got enough angels? I don't like God'," the granddad said.
The family plan to invest money raised by the public to aid Martin's children so that it will be available for them to go to college.
Mr Power has also started collecting items for Martin's children to be able to look back on. One part of his legacy will be the attendance of Taoiseach Enda Kenny at his funeral service in the north inner city.
"I have the newspaper clippings for Angela when she gets older… people will say nasty things as life goes on but I can always say 'Angela look, that's the man who ruled the country for four years and he came to your daddy's funeral'."