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PHOTOS: Emerging photos show Declan McGlinchey's coffin flanked by masked colour party from Bellaghy home

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PHOTOS: Emerging photos show Declan McGlinchey's coffin flanked  by masked colour party from Bellaghy home
PHOTOS: Emerging photos show Declan McGlinchey's coffin flanked  by masked colour party from Bellaghy home

These photos show the masked colour parade that flanked Declan McGlinchey's coffin as it left his home in Bellaghy yesterday.

Later three masked gunmen fired shots in the area in a supposed 'show of strength' to mark the passing of the 39-year-old father-of-seven, a dissident republican, who died of a heart attack on Sunday.

The photos of masked men and shots being fired sparked fury among unionists, who called on the PSNI to reconsider its approach to terrorist funerals.

Lagan Valley MP Jeffrey Donaldson told the Belfast Telegraph: "We need to be very clear and firm as to how we respond to this kind of intimidatory and violent display.

"There is a question as to how much the police must have known or anticipated that we would have this kind of display. I hope the police will now be vigorous in persuing this illegality and bring the people involved before the courts for possession of illegal weapons."

 Shots were fired after the funeral of McGlinchey 

Provisional IRA man Eddie Copeland was one of the men who carried the coffin as it made its way through the County Derry town.

The funeral cortege later arrived at St Mary's Church for a Requiem Mass.

Declan's father, Dominic 'Mad Dog' McGlinchey, was an INLA leader who was shot dead in front of his teenage son in 1994.

His mother, Mary, was shot dead as she bathed her two sons in 1987.

In the 2011 trial of republican Colin Duffy, who faced murder charges after two soldiers were shot dead outside Massarene army barracks in Antrim, a barrister told the court: “Police hold reliable information to indicate that a son of Dominic McGlinchey Senior was the driver of the vehicle which was subsequently recovered by police and was used in the fatal shooting of two soldiers.”