Published Monday, 07 October 2013
Republicans plan to unveil a plaque for Thomas Begley near his north Belfast home in Ardoyne later this month, ahead of the 20th anniversary of the bombing on 23 October.
A leaflet in circulation says that "friends, family and comrades" will host the event.
It features an image of gunmen firing into the air.
Nine civilians, including two children, were killed in the blast at the shop. Begley was also killed when the bomb exploded prematurely.
The IRA said the intended target was a flat above the shop where loyalist paramilitaries were expected to gather. The UDA meeting did not go ahead.
Alan McBride, who lost his wife Sharon and his father-in-law in the bomb attack, says the issue is not whether the event takes place in Ardoyne but how it is handled.
"The question for me is how it is done and handled. Is it done with sensitivity?" he asked.
"At the end of the day I suppose we do have to reflect that people can remember their dead and all we can ask for is that it is done in a way that is sensitive and is not coat-trailing or in a way that is, in some respect, spoiling the memory of someone else."
He went out that day with murder in his mind and he caused carnage such as I had never seen before and hope never to see again.
Witness Gary Lenaghan
Another relative, John Scott, whose niece Wilma McKee, was among the victims, said: "These people are sick. How can they do this? It is unbelievable."
Mrs McKee, who had recovered from cancer, left an adjoining fruit shop when she was caught up in the fatal blast as her husband and two sons waited for her in their car.
Local DUP MP Nigel Dodds called on Sinn Féin to make its position clear on the commemoration.
"This was a man prepared to walk into a crowded fish shop and place a bomb with an 11 second fuse on the counter," he said.
"It was a cold-blooded choice which would inevitably take the lives of innocent people. His actions are not to be celebrated but should be a source of shame.
"There is no place in Northern Ireland for the glorification of killers such as Thomas Begley."
But Sinn Féin says Thomas Begley's family and friends have the right to remember him.
North Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly said: "I think in the end it is an acceptance, in their own quiet way, that loved ones, friends and families want to remember Thomas Begley. He did not create the conflict; he was himself a victim of the conflict.
"That's not in any way to diminish the fact that they will be commemorating the fact that he was an IRA volunteer," the senior Sinn Féin member added.
Meanwhile, a memorial committee on the Shankill Road is also finalising plans for how the local community will mark the date.
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