Northern Ireland

Barney McGinley wedding killing: Second relative charged with murder

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Image caption William McGinley, 26, from Lisfarrell, County Longford, was remanded in custody

A relative of a man who was shot at a County Fermanagh wedding last month has appeared in court charged with murder.

Barney McGinley was shot outside a church in Newtownbutler on 11 February.

His great nephew, William McGinley, was charged with the murder and also the attempted murder of the victim's son.

The 26-year-old, from Lisfarrell, Edgeworthstown, County Longford, was remanded in custody. His father, Patrick McGinley, appeared in court two weeks ago charged with the same murder.


Bernard McGinley, known as Barney, was fatally shot in front of his wife and grandchildren as they attended a family wedding.

Mr McGinley's son, who is in his 30s, was shot and injured during the attack.

The family are members of the Travelling community.

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Image caption The fatal shooting happened in the grounds of the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Newtownbutler, as a wedding was taking place

Appearing before Omagh Magistrates' Court in County Tyrone, William McGinley spoke only to confirm his name and that he understood the charges against him.

He was remanded in custody to appear in court again in Enniskillen on 16 March.

His father, Patrick, who lives at the same address, has been in custody since 21 February.