30 March 2014 Edition
Thomas McGeary 30th anniversary
THE family of Armagh man Thomas McGeary plan to mark the 30th anniversary of his death.
Thomas, from Collegeland in Armagh, was killed when a booby-trap bomb exploded under his car on the morning of 29 April 1984.
A member of the McGeary family, speaking to An Phoblacht, explained that after his killing “a group calling itself the Irish Freedom Fighters issued a statement claiming responsibility for his death. To add to the enormous grief of our family the killers spuriously claimed Thomas was a ‘collaborator’.”
Republicans and the local community believe that this story was an attempt to excuse the brutal murder.
On the day of the killing, the Irish Republican Army issued a statement stating:
“The IRA, contrary to uninformed media speculation, was not involved in the bomb attack today in which a businessman was killed.”
That statement was carried in An Phoblacht on 3 May 1984.
Thomas McGeary was a married man and the father of seven children. He was a farmer and had family business interests on both sides of the Border, providing employment for people living in those areas.