A POSTER erected in Moygashel to commemorate loyalist killer Wesley Somerville - who was blown up in the notorious Miami Showband attack by the Mid Ulster briagde of the UVF - has been described as “deeply insulting” by a victims’ campaign group.
The poster, which carried a photograph of Somerville and is displayed outside a local shop in the village, was put up in recent days, it is understood.
Anne Cadwallader from the Pat Finucane Centre, has called on those who erected the poster to remove it voluntarily.
A book published by Ms Cadwallader, a former journalist, names Somerville as a “prime suspect” in the murder of Coalisland pharmacist, Patrick Falls, in November 1974, as well as the murders of Arthur Mullholland and Eugene Doyle at Hayden’s Bar, Rock, in February 1975.
Ms Cadwallader said there was “little doubt that Wesley Somerville was a key player in the gang of loyalists who spread death and fear around Dungannon and wider County Tyrone in the mid-1970s. He chose to attack defenceless families in their homes or bars or musicians travelling home”.
She added: “This banner, blatantly commemorating a mass murderer, cannot do the reputation of the village of Moygashel any good – especially after last week’s threat to landlords if they rent property to people from outside the area.”
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