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Niall Murphy showing signs of improvement

Niall Murphy speaking in Manhattan in April of last year.

By Irish Echo Staff

Belfast attorney Niall Murphy, who has been in a medically induced coma as a result of coronavirus, is showing signs of improvement, this according to reports and sources.

Mr. Murphy, who is well known among Irish American activists focused on Northern Ireland, is acknowledging words being spoken to him, this by clenching a fist according to one source.

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The 43-year-old solicitor, activist and leading Antrim GAA figure remains on a ventilator but needs less induced oxygen and shows improvement, the Belfast Telegraph reported.

Stated the Telegrph report: Medical staff have told family and friends that he appears to be more aware, is able to obey commands and has responded when told of the support he is receiving from his close and wider circles.

Doctors are talking about removing his breathing tube but remain extremely cautious. Overall, there is improvement, according to friends.

Mr. Murphy, a father-of-three, complained of feeling ill after returning from the U.S. last month.

He is a partner in the KRW Law firm headed by Kevin Winters and has been involved in a number high-profile cases, including representing the families of those who died in the 1994 Loughinisland massacre.