Priest calls for end to death feud

A priest warned today that feuding which killed two people should end before more lives are lost.

A priest warned today that feuding which killed two people should end before more lives are lost.

Fr Aidan Troy called for calm after Joe Jones was found bludgeoned to death in Ardoyne and father-of-five Edward Burns was shot dead at a GAA club in west Belfast. Both were aged in their 30s.

A third man survived a west Belfast shooting.

There was more trouble last night, with homes across the sectarian interface from nationalist Ardoyne in Protestant Twaddell Avenue petrol-bombed and bottles and bricks thrown during angry clashes involving police.

Fr Troy, from north Belfast, said: “This is unacceptable to us. We have families here who are absolutely devastated by these murders.

“They have funerals to prepare for and while we can talk about society’s ills and the Assembly, that is not ranking with them. I would appeal for an end to this.”

Joe Jones survived a gun attack in Bogside Meadows, close to where Mr Burns was discovered, near a GAA Club on the Falls Road in West Belfast.

Yesterday he was beaten beyond recognition. He was found in an alleyway off Elmfield Street.

Recently, two houses in Ardoyne were raked with gunfire and there has been tension in the area since then.

North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds, from the Rev Ian Paisley’s Democratic Unionist Party, said the rioting had to stop.

“This was an unprovoked attack on vulnerable Protestant homes by republican thugs who came from the Ardoyne area to terrorise ordinary families in their own homes,” he said.

“One young couple has had their car damaged and a fairly tense stand-off has ensued. These incidents must stop. It is simply unacceptable that Protestant homes on this interface should be attacked in such a vicious and unprovoked manner.”

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