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Thursday, 22 November, 2001, 13:32 GMT
Murdered senators to be honoured
Decision was made by the cross-party Stormont Commission
Decision was made by the cross-party Stormont Commission
The Northern Ireland Assembly is to honour two murdered Stormont senators.

The names of senators, Paddy Wilson and Jack Barnhill, will be inscribed in the wall outside the senator chamber.

Senator Barnhill was shot dead by the official IRA in 1971, while Senator Wilson was stabbed to death by UDA man John White in 1973.

The decision to honour the two late senators was made by the cross-party Stormont Commission which runs the estate.

Inscription

After consultation with the victims' families, it was agreed an inscription bearing the names of the two senators would appear in the Rotunda outside the old senate chamber.

Similar inscriptions can be found outside the assembly chamber for other serving members killed by the IRA during the Troubles.

The senators' inscriptions will be unveiled on 12 December, the 30th anniversary of Senator Barnhill's murder.

He was a unionist senator when the Official IRA shot him dead in his home, Brickfield House, near Strabane in 1971.

Murdered

He had been a member of Stormont's Upper Chamber for almost 10 years.

Senator Paddy Wilson, a prominent member of the SDLP, was murdered on 25 June, 1973, along with a friend, Irene Andrews, a Protestant woman.

He was stabbed 32 times while Ms Andrews was stabbed 19 times.

John White served 14 years for the murders.

The victims' families are expected to attend the memorial ceremony.

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