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Mourners at murdered Belfast man Danny McClean's funeral told "violence doesn't serve any purpose"

McClean is believed to have been killed by same hitman who shot Kieran Wylie dead in Lenadoon

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Funeral of Belfast murder victim Danny McClean at  St Theresa’s Church in West Belfast on Friday.
Mr McClean (54) was shot multiple times as he sat in a parked car on the Cliftonville Road in north Belfast last week.
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Funeral of Belfast murder victim Danny McClean at St Theresa’s Church in West Belfast on Friday. Mr McClean (54) was shot multiple times as he sat in a parked car on the Cliftonville Road in north Belfast last week. Pic Pacemaker

Family and Friends at the Funeral of Belfast murder victim Danny McClean at  St Theresa’s Church in West Belfast on Friday.
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Family and Friends at the Funeral of Belfast murder victim Danny McClean at St Theresa’s Church in West Belfast on Friday. Pic Pacemaker

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Funeral of Belfast murder victim Danny McClean at St Theresa’s Church in West Belfast on Friday. Mr McClean (54) was shot multiple times as he sat in a parked car on the Cliftonville Road in north Belfast last week. Pic Pacemaker

The family of murdered dissident Danny McClean laid him to rest on Friday vowing to win justice for their loved one.

The father-of-two was carried by his daughters from his family home in the Monagh area of Belfast to St Teresa’s Parish Church in the west of the city.

There were few mourners, many honoring the family’s wishes that no large gatherings were to take place in accordance with Covid guidance.

At the wake only two mourners were allowed in at any time, wearing masks and availing of the hand sanitisers provided by the grieving family of Danny McClean.

The 54-year-old’s coffin was draped in an Irish tricolour, there was no sign of any paramilitary trappings as some expected or any members of any dissident organisations.

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Family and Friends at the Funeral of Belfast murder victim Danny McClean at  St Theresa’s Church in West Belfast on Friday.

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Family and Friends at the Funeral of Belfast murder victim Danny McClean at St Theresa’s Church in West Belfast on Friday. Pic Pacemaker

Family and Friends at the Funeral of Belfast murder victim Danny McClean at St Theresa’s Church in West Belfast on Friday. Pic Pacemaker

The victim’s devastated eldest daughter Emma spoke during her father’s funeral mass, reading out a short tribute to the man who was brutally gunned down as he sat in his car on the Cliftonville Road almost two weeks ago.

“I hope we have done you proud today as you made us proud to call you our daddy,” Emma McClean told the family gathering.

Emma has also taken to social media to express her family’s heartache and to vent her anger at those responsible for taking her father’s life. She has vowed to find her father’s killers and to achieve justice for the man she called her sticking plaster.

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Family and Friends at the Funeral of Belfast murder victim Danny McClean at  St Theresa’s Church in West Belfast on Friday.
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Family and Friends at the Funeral of Belfast murder victim Danny McClean at St Theresa’s Church in West Belfast on Friday. Pic Pacemaker

Family and Friends at the Funeral of Belfast murder victim Danny McClean at St Theresa’s Church in West Belfast on Friday. Pic Pacemaker

During the service Fr Gabriel Lyons told mourners; “We are here because someone made decisions about Danny that none of his loved ones, that you, didn’t want for him. But your lives have been rewritten.

“I’m not sure how I would react to that violence, but I do know that it does not serve any purpose.”

The former British army man was a former member of Oglaigh na hEireann (ONH) until relationships went sour.

He was repeatedly labelled as a police informant, something he and his family have vehemently denied.

It is believed McClean was murdered by the same hitman used to assassinate Kieran Wylie in his family home in Lenadoon last May.

Two brothers arrested in connection to Mr McClean’s murder have been released so has the third man who was detained by the PSNI.

Danny McClean was due to appear in court last week on terror related charges, possessing information likely to be of use to terrorists and possession of a hand gun and ammunition.

All of those charges were quashed after his death.

It is believed Danny McClean was murdered because he claimed to be in possession of information that could sink his former comrades in ONH.

He also approached the New IRA with the information he claimed to have in his possession yet this raised alarm bells and lead to his death.

The NIRA, still rattled by the infiltration of MI5 spook Dennis McFadden, believed McClean was trying to set them up for another fall.

The Sunday World understands that McClean’s murder was jointly agreed by the two criminal gangs.

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