Patrick Kelly (Irish soldier)
In December 1983, Kelly was killed in the line of duty by the IRA, along with trainee Garda Síochána Gary Sheehan while both were involved in the rescue of Don Tidey, at Derrada Wood, Ballinamore, County Leitrim.
In 2008, Brendan "Bik" McFarlane was charged with the false imprisonment of Tidey. The trial collapsed after incriminating statements he allegedly made following his arrest were ruled inadmissible. No one was ever convicted of the soldier's killing. During the 2010 Irish Presidential election Kelly's eldest son, David, confronted Sinn Fein candidate and former IRA commander, Martin McGuinness. McGuinness denied knowing the killers, and that he was a member of the IRA army council at the time. Kelly called him a liar, saying that before there could be any reconciliation, there had to be truth, and "I want truth today. Murder is murder. I want justice for my father." He later described McGuinness' presidential bid as an "obscenity, because his organisation killed members of the security forces... I feel sympathy for all people who were killed by the Provisional IRA over the years - Detective Garda Jerry McCabe in Limerick and all the other people." Mr. McGuinness later responded to the incident, stating that "As a republican leader I have never and would never stand over attacks on the Garda Síochána or the Defence Forces." However McGuinness refused to condemn the killings of Kelly and Sheehan.
In 2008, on the 25th anniversary of his death, a plaque was unveiled in his honour in his home town of Moate. Kelly's family including his widow Catriona attended, as did Don Tidey.
- Michael J. Reynolds, killed by republicans, 1975
- John Francis Morley and Henry Byrne, killed by the INLA, 1980
- Jerry McCabe, Garda killed by the IRA, 1996
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