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Three charged after Strabane funeral arrests

NewsBy Jamie McDowell
Men in paramilitary clothing flank the coffin of Michael Barr
Men in paramilitary clothing flank the coffin of Michael Barr

Three men have been charged with having clothing or articles relating to a proscribed organisation after they were arrested on Thursday at the funeral of dissident republican Michael Barr.

Fifteen men in total were arrested by police under the terrorism act after the funeral took place in Strabane, County Tyrone, on Thursday.

Barr was shot dead in Dublin last month in what was suspected to be part of a gangland feud in the city.

Two men walked into the Sunset House bar before opening fire on him and escaping in an Audi A6 which was later found burned out.

Men in military-style fatigues flanked his coffin this week as the funeral procession made its way through Strabane to St Mary's Church in the town.

There was a heavy police presence during the procession and afterwards the police moved in, arresting 15 people altogether.

The other 12 have been released pending reports to the PPS. 

The three charged are expected to appear at Omagh Magistrate's Court later.