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Adams extends condolences on death of Jim McKiernan, former Labor Senator

14 August, 2018 - by Gerry Adams TD


Former Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams TD has expressed his “sincere condolences to the family and friends of Jim McKiernan, former Labor Senator for Western Australia”.

Jim McKiernan, who is originally from County Cavan, died last Friday at his home in Perth.

Gerry Adams said:

“I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of long-time friend of Ireland, trade union activist and leader, and former Labor Senator Jim McKiernan.

“The links between Ireland and Australia are old and enduring. During my visits to Australia, I had the privilege of meeting many Irish-Australians. Some were newly arrived. Others were among the one in three Australian citizens who can trace their ancestry back to Ireland.

“Jim McKiernan was one of the many Irish who emigrated to Australia in search of a new life. He moved to Perth in Western Australia in 1969 where he found work in the shipyards in Fremantle. Like many Irish workers, he was a staunch trade unionist and later joined the Australian Labor Party. In 1984, he was elected to the Australia Senate where he remained until his retirement in 2002.

“I had the pleasure of meeting Jim and his wife Jackie on my two visits to Australia in 1999 and 2004. Jim also hosted Martin McGuinness during one of his visits to Australia, as well as working with other Sinn Féin representatives during their time in Australia. He was proud of his roots and very supportive of Sinn Féin’s efforts to advance the peace process and Irish unity.

“I want to extend my sincere condolences and solidarity to Jim’s wife Jackie, their children Steven, Donna, Jimmy, Lisa, Kim, Kate and Ben, their partners as well as 14 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.” 

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