The heartbroken family of Peggy O’Hara have spoken of their distress after police came to search their home today, just two days after her funeral.
Speaking from their Templegrove home just minutes after the search the family asked for peace to be able to grieve for their mother.
And they called on young men and women in the town not to react to the searches by “getting themselves into trouble.”
“We know they all loved Peggy, but she wouldn’t have wanted that,” her only daughter Liz said. “We don’t want young fellas and girls getting arrested because they think we need their protection.”
The O’Hara’s solicitor Kevin Casey reading a statement on behalf of the family said all they wanted was be left in peace to grieve their grandmother, mother and friend.
“I think the only question any fair minded would ask is whether the family of the loyalist buried in Belfast at the weekend are being subjected to the same ordeal,“ he said.
The family said that police told them they were looking for casings from bullets which were fired over Peggy O’Hara’s coffin on Wednesday night. They also revealed that police did not search inside the house, only outside, but told them they would be back.
“We are all just so tired,” said Liz. “There are eight children here trying to rest. We can’t even mourn in peace, we can’t get our thoughts together.”