The son of a soldier killed by the Provisional IRA in a Leitrim wood in 1983 says rumours about his death were an attempt to undermine his memory.
The family of the late private Patrick Kelly were told recently that forensic evidence shows that he died from bullets fired by men involved in the kidnap of businessman Don Tidey.
The Longford native along with Garda Gary Sheehan from Carrickmacross was killed in a firefight in Derrada woods in 1983.
For almost forty years it has been incorrectly suggested that both men were killed by friendly fire and not by members of the kidnapping gang.
A garda review of the case is close to conclusion and has now reported that both men died from illegal weapons.
David kelly told Shannonside Northern Sound the result has proven a great relief for his family.