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Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle expresses condolences to family of Martin Meehan

3 November, 2007

The Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle, which is meeting in Dublin today, has extended condolences to the family of Martin Meehan following his sudden death in Belfast. Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams described Martin as an exemplary republican and said he would mourned by all who knew him.

Mr. Adams said:

“It was with deep shock and sadness that I heard of the sudden death of Martin Meehan. I want extend my sincere condolences and those of republicans everywhere to Briege and the entire Meehan family.

“Martin Meehan was a lifelong republican who dedicated his life to the struggle for Irish freedom. Martin served the republican struggle as a dedicated IRA Volunteer, political activist and elected representative. Martin and his family paid a heavy price for his republicanism having been interned without trial, served long prison sentences and long periods away from his family because of his activism.

“Martin Meehan was the exemplary republican and will be mourned by all who knew him. I measc laochra na nGael a raibh sé."

Junior Minister Gerry Kelly commenting on the sad news said:

“Republicans everywhere will be saddened by this shocking news. Martin was a republican legend, particularly in Belfast. He will be sadly missed by all of his comrades in Belfast and beyond .On their behalf I extend heartfelt condolences to Briege and the Meehan family.”ENDS


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