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Thursday 8 December 2016

Brave journalist gunned down by LVF remembered

Journalist Martin O’Hagan
Journalist Martin O’Hagan

Murdered 'Sunday World' journalist Martin O'Hagan has been remembered as a "tenacious and courageous" reporter on the anniversary of his gunning down.

The respected journalist was shot dead in front of his wife, Marie, by paramilitaries on September 28, 2001 - 15 years ago today.

His killers, suspected of being Loyalist Volunteer Force associates, have never been caught.

The 'Sunday World' Belfast Bureau Chief, Richard Sullivan, last night vowed the newspaper will continue to fight for justice.

Mr Sullivan, a close friend of the murdered reporter, told the Irish Independent the "country has been let down" because Mr O'Hagan's killers are still free. "We named Martin's killers and exposed them repeatedly. The fact that Martin's killers are still on the streets is a very bitter pill to swallow," said Mr Sullivan.

"There doesn't appear to be any appetite to put Martin's killers behind bars. The 'Sunday World' will continue to highlight the deficit in Martin's case."

The editor praised Mr O'Hagan for his brave journalism. "Martin pursued criminals tenaciously and was exposing people," he said.

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