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Gunned down Family of murdered republican Danny McClean: 'We will not stop fighting for justice'

McClean, a former soldier, was gunned down on Tuesday night

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 2/2/2021: PSNI and forensic officers at the scene of the fatal shooting on the Cliftonville Road, Belfast tonight.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 2/2/2021: PSNI and forensic officers at the scene of the fatal shooting on the Cliftonville Road, Belfast tonight. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 2/2/2021: PSNI and forensic officers at the scene of the fatal shooting on the Cliftonville Road, Belfast tonight. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

The daughter of murdered Belfast man Danny McClean has said she and her family will "not stop fighting for justice".

Emma McClean took to social media to speak of her heartache after her father was shot dead in north Belfast on Tuesday night.

The PSNI have since launched a murder investigation into the death of McClean, who had been involved with dissident republican groups and had previously been jailed for dissident republican activity.

It has also emerged McClean was facing weapons charges when he was killed.

Ms McClean wrote: "I have no words at the moment just that my daddy didn’t deserve this at all.

"I appreciate all comments that I have received so far but all I can say is that my daddy was my world, my rock, my everything!

"As much as he was my sticking plaster I loved him! He was my all."

She added: "My daddy didn’t deserve this, I won’t stop fighting for justice!!!!

"Daddy I love you and I’m so sorry that I wasn’t with you! I would trade places in a heartbeat if I could, you had so much to live for, things will never the same without you! I love you! And you will never walk alone."

McClean spent at least five years in the British Army before before dramatically switching allegiances and becoming involved with violent republicanism, namely Oglaigh na hEireann (OnH), though in recent years he became detached from the terror gang following accusations of being an informer.

Sources say his previous involvement with the British Army was the vehicle with which his attackers used to justify his brutal murder last night.

Graffiti has previously appeared in west Belfast accusing McClean of being an informer and he had been made aware by police that his life was under threat.

The shooting happened shortly before 9pm in the Cliftonville Road area of north Belfast.

McLean (54) was in the vicinity of McGrath's bar in the area when he was attacked.

Residents said they heard a series of shots being fired during the attack.

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PACEMAKER BELFAST 02/02/2021 Forensics at the scene of a shooting Incident in the Cliftonville Road area of north Belfast this evening, 2nd February.
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PACEMAKER BELFAST 02/02/2021 Forensics at the scene of a shooting Incident in the Cliftonville Road area of north Belfast this evening, 2nd February. Pic Pacemaker

PACEMAKER BELFAST 02/02/2021 Forensics at the scene of a shooting Incident in the Cliftonville Road area of north Belfast this evening, 2nd February. Pic Pacemaker

A PSNI spokesperson said: “Detectives have launched a murder investigation following the report of a shooting in north Belfast tonight, Tuesday, 2nd February.

“We received a report around 8.15 pm, that a man had been shot in the Cliftonville Road area of the city.

“Officers attended, along with colleagues from NIAS. Sadly, a man has been pronounced dead.

"We would urge anyone who was in the area at the time or who may have any information which may assist us with our inquiries to contact 101 or alternatively information can be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

The shooting has been widely condemned by Northern Irish politicians.

Sinn Fein MLA for North Belfast, Carál Ní Chuilín, said:

“My first thoughts are with the family of the man who was brutally killed on the Cliftonville Road tonight.

“It’s important to bear in mind that at the heart of this tragedy is a grieving family.

“The local community are absolutely shocked and stunned by this killing.

“People want an end to the shootings and the guns off the streets.

“I am appealing to any witnesses to this shooting to come forward to police and call on local people to assist the PSNI investigation."

DUP councillor for north Belfast, Dale Pankhurst, said: “There can be no place for guns on our streets nor any motive for murder.”

Both the First and Deputy First Minister condemned the shooting.

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