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There were incredibly emotional scenes in north Belfast
yesterday as the baby boy
who was killed in a domestic
incident last Tuesday was laid
to rest.
Liam O’Keefe’s tiny coffin was
carried by his father – also
Liam O’Keefe – who fought
back tears as he said his final
goodbyes to his eight-monthold son, who died at a house
in the Ardoyne area. His twoyear-old sister, Kayla, was
also injured. Their mother is
in police custody.
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heritage

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COVID

INTERNET FORUM CLAIMS TO IDENTIFY SOLDIERS INVOLVED IN TROUBLES KILLINGS

PSNI urged to act as
web names veterans
by n!all deeney
niall.deeney@newsletter.co.uk
@News_Letter

The PSNI has been urged to
investigate internet posts
claiming to reveal the identity
of soldiers accused of involvement in the Bloody Sunday and
Ballymurphy Troubles killings.

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Veterans’ Commissioner Danny Kinahan condemned those
behind the posts as “dangerous”and“reckless”,whileUUP
leader Doug Beattie described
the sharingoftheinformation
as a “silly and futile act”.
The soldiers’ identities are
protectedbyananonymity order due to security concerns.
A post claiming to reveal

the names of the soldiers –
including a name given by
Foyle MP Colum Eastwood
last month under Parliamentary privilege for the veteran
referred to in court proceedings as ‘Soldier F’ – appears to
have been created on an internetforumthatrequiresinvitation to join.
Imagesoutliningthedetails

of the post – in both redacted
and unredacted versions –
could be found circulating on
social media in recent days.
MrKinahanurgedthePSNI
to get involved.
“Reports of the disclosure
of protected persons in relation to legacy cases is both a
huge concern and disappointment for the whole veteran

‘Vaccine
passport’
inevitable:
BMA chief

community,” he added.
Mr Beattie said: “The fact
that these names have been
released goes against what the
judiciary has said and therefore it’s up to the police to investigate these breaches and
take action where they deem
it necessary.”

A number of leading doctors, who had previously
been against any form of
Covid ‘vaccine passport,’
for entry to pubs and restaurants are now backing
thesuggestionduetoalower vaccination rate among
the young.
Despite strong opposition from the hospitality
industry, BMA Northern
IrelandchairDrTomBlack
has nowsaidaproofofvaccination status could now
be “inevitable”.

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