Over 1,000 at Rogers funeral

OVER 1000 mourners, including his former partner, were present at the funeral of Shane Rogers on St Stephen’s Day in Inniskeen.

OVER 1000 mourners, including his former partner, were present at the funeral of Shane Rogers on St Stephen’s Day in Inniskeen.

Patrica Byrnes (21), who had been injured when Rogers opened fired on the taxi she was travelling in with slain GAA star James Hughes, was one of the chief mourners at the funeral mass at the Church of Mary the Immaculate.

The Dundalk Democrat understands that Ms Byrnes, a recently qualifed nurse, had spent time with the Rogers family over the Chrismtas period.

Meanwhile, there have been continued calls for an independent inquiry into the death of Rogers in a holding cell in Cloverhill Prison. Rogers managed to take his own life in the space of a few minutes , despite being on suicide watch.

Rogers’ parents, Sean and Margaret, said last week: “We are aware that a Garda investigation and an internal prison investigation are being carried out but we consider that a fully independent inquiry should be established by the minister similar to those carried out by the Garda Ombudsman’s office.”

The Rogers family have also again extended their sympathy to the family of Mr Hughes and to the families of the two other people injured in the gun attack.