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Family in vigil for dead brother
Paula McCartney
Paula McCartney said Sinn Fein had not done all they could
The family of murdered Belfast man Robert McCartney have said they believe Sinn Fein has not done enough to help bring his killers to justice.

Paula McCartney was speaking after a prayer vigil on Sunday near the Markets area where her brother was attacked.

The 33-year-old father of two died after he was stabbed following a row in a Belfast bar.

The IRA has been blamed for the murder and interference with evidence and witnesses.

Miss McCartney said the family believed the IRA and Sinn Fein had the power to deliver the Robert's killers to justice

"We believe that the IRA and Sinn Fein have the power to deliver these people to justice," she said.

"Until that is done, we do not believe that Sinn Fein have done all they can to help this family."

She said the McCartneys had been "overwhelmed" by the level of continuing support given to the family.

Several hundred people attended the vigil and flowers were laid at the spot where Mr McCartney was murdered.

The family has vowed the campaign will continue until his murderers are caught.

A similar vigil is planned for Dublin in the next few weeks, as well as meetings with Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, and US Special Envoy Mitchell Reiss.

Mr McCartney had been involved in a row in Magennis's bar on 30 January.

He was later found seriously injured near the bar and died in hospital.

No-one has been charged in connection with the murder.

BBC NI's Patricia Wilkinson:
"Several hundred people attended the vigil and flowers were laid at the spot where Mr McCartney was murdered"

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