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Gerry Adams extends condolences to Breatnach family

4 October, 2007


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has extended condolences to the Breatnach family on the death of their mother Lucy and their father Deasún. Lucy died on Monday and her husband Deasún died on the day of her funeral following illness. Mr. Adams said 'Lucy and Deasún were an inspiration to all those who knew them and will be sadly missed.'

Mr. Adams said:

"This has been a very sad week for the Breatnach family but I hope that they can take some succour from their parents' lifetime of activism. Lucy was an artist and committed human rights activist.

"Deasún was a lifelong republican. He was editor of An Phoblacht (1977-1979) and author of many books. He was a very dedicated Irish language activist who did much to vindicate the rights of Irish speakers and to promote our language and culture. He was a scholar, a journalist and a poet. One of his most evocative poems was 'Deichniúr' written during the 1981 Hunger Strikes.

"I want to extend my deepest condolences and those of republicans throughout the country to the Breatnach family. I measc laochra na nGael go raibh siad."

Rinne Uachtarán Shinn Féin Gerry Adams comhbhrón le clann Bhreathnach faoi bhás a máthair Lucy agus a n-athair Deasún. comhbhrón le clann Bhreathnach faoi bhás a máthair Lucy agus a n-athair Deasún. Fuair Lucy bás dé Luain agus fuair a bhean chéile bás ar an lá dá sochraid i ndiaidh tinneas.

Dúirt an t-Uasal Adams,

"Ba daoine inspioráideacha iad agus crothnóidh muid iad.

"Ba dróchseachtain í seo do chlann Bhreathnach ach tá súil agam go smaoinaíonn siad siar ar a saol agus a ngníomhaíochas le linn a mbeo. Bhí Lucy ina ealaíontóir agus gníomhaíoch ar chearta an duine.

"Bhí Deasún ina phoblachtanach ar feadh a shaol agus ina eagarthóir "An Phoblacht" agus roinnt leabhar eile.

"Ba gnómhaíoch ar an Ghaeilge é a sheas go láidir ar son an Ghaeilge agus cultúir na hÉireann. Ba scoláire, iriseoir agus fear dána é. Scríobh sé "Deichniúr", ceann dá dhánta is tábhachtaí, scríofa le linn na stailce ocrais, 1981.

"Ba mhaith liom mo chomhbhrón agus comhbhrón ó achan poblachtach fud na tíre a dhéanamh le clann Bhreathnach. I measc laochra na nGael go raibh siad." CRÍOCH

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