Service to mark 40 years since murder of Irish politician

Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny
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A memorial service has been held in the Republic to mark 40 years since Irish politician Billy Fox was murdered by the IRA.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and representatives from Innocent Victims United (IVU) were among those in attendance at the service in Ballybay, Co Monaghan.

Mr Fox was the only member of the Republic’s administration to be murdered as a result of the Troubles.

He was 35 when he was shot dead by gunmen on March 12, 1974.

Mr Fox, a Protestant, belonged to Anaghmullen Church of Ireland, where yesterday’s service was held.

The Bishop of Clogher John McDowell officiated at the service.

An official government wreath was also laid at the grave of Mr Fox following proceedings.