Funeral of Derry murder victim Kieran Doherty

Tuesday 02 March 2010 14.38
Derry - Scene of Kieran Doherty's murder
Derry - Scene of Kieran Doherty's murder

The funeral of Kieran Doherty, who was murdered by the Real IRA last Wednesday night, has taken place in Derry.

Mr Doherty's body was found on the Braehead Road on the outskirts of Derry city with gunshot wounds to the head.

Up to 500 mourners attended his funeral mass at Long Tower in Derry this morning.

Last Thursday night, the Real IRA claimed responsibility for the 31-year-old's murder. In a statement, it said that that Kieran Doherty had been a senior member of its organisation.

His family has denied that he was an informer or that he had anything to do with drugs. They have also called for an inquiry into MI5's involvement with the father-of-one.

Several months ago, Mr Doherty told the Derry Journal that he had been approached on a number of occasions by MI5, which he claimed was trying to recruit him.