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'Free Gerry' website fund set up

(Claire Simpson, Irish News)

Supporters of an assembly election candidate accused of attempted murder have set up a website to raise money for him.

Gerry McGeough (46), who stood as an independent republican, was arrested as he left an election count centre in Omagh last week and was later charged with an attack on a part-time UDR soldier in Co Tyrone in 1981.

A second man, Vincent McAnespie (44) – the husband of Co Monaghan Sinn Féin councillor Brenda McAnespie – was arrested hours later in Aughnacloy.

Supporters of Mr McGeough, including US-based former Noraid fundraiser Martin Galvin, have now launched the website www.freegerry.com, asking for donations for his family.

A statement by Mr Galvin and activist Helen McClafferty reads: "Please help us to take care of Gerry's family while he is in jail awaiting a bail hearing and trial. He is married with three children and has absolutely no income while incarcerated."

Mr McGeough and Mr McAnespie appeared at Enniskillen Magistrates Court on Monday charged with attempted murder. Both were remanded in custody to appear at Dungannon Magistrates Court on April 4.

March 18, 2007
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This article appeared first in the March 17, 2007 edition of the Irish News.


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