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Gerry Adams expresses condolences to family and friends  of Micheal O'Riordan

18 May, 2006


Sinn  Féin President Gerry Adams MP has expressed his deep condolences to the family  and friends of Micheal O’Riordan who died this morning.  Mr. Adams said Michael was an inspiration to all those who knew him and will be sadly  missed. 
 
Mr.  Adams said: 

“Born  in the West Cork Gaeltacht, Michael O’Riordan was politically active his entire  life and an inspiration to all those who knew him. He was an active republican, internationalist and communist and a committed Gaelgeoir. A member of the IRA in his youth, he was interned in the Curragh Internment Camp in the 1940s. But he will be remembered best by many for joining the International Bridage and risking his life in the fight against facism in Spain. He lost close comrades there and worked diligently to ensure that the story of their struggle is widely known today and their memory cherished. As a leader of the Communist Party of  Ireland he continued to fight against injustice and for social change until very late in his life.

“On  behalf of Sinn Féin, I want to extend condolences to Michael’s family and  friends. I measc laochra na nGael go raibh sé.”ENDS

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