Man released over former IRA chief’s murder

Gerard 'Jock' Davison
Gerard 'Jock' Davison

A 38-year-old man arrested by police investigating the murder of Gerard ‘Jock’ Davison in the Markets area of south Belfast has been released unconditionally.

Mr Davison, 47, a former senior IRA figure and father-of-three, was shot dead on Tuesday morning.

Since then three men – aged 27, 38 and 41 – have been arrested in connection with the murder but all have been released unconditionally.

In a press conference shortly after his murder the PSNI said they were not linking dissident republicans to the attack. They also said they did not believe it was sectarian.

Mr Davison will be buried on Saturday in Milltown cemetery. A death insertion in the Irish News indicates his remains will be taken from his partner’s Friendly Street home in the Markets area at 11am straight to the west Belfast cemetery without celebrating Requiem Mass.

Reports have suggested hundreds of republicans are expected to attend his funeral after republican Network for Unity condemned his murder and sent sympathy to his family along with other senior republicans.

His funeral will take place as the 36th Ulster Division Memorial Association parade crossing from north Belfast to east Belfast, passes close by the Markets.

The parade, marked as sensitive by the Parades Commission, is expected to have between 10,000 and 15,000 participants and up to 76 bands. According to the Parades Commission website the start time of the outward route of the parade is 10.30am and the end time of the outward route 2pm.