Death of Brendan Hughes
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP MLA has expressed his "deep personal sense of loss at the death of Brendan Hughes".
He said: "On behalf of myself and my family, and of republicans everywhere, I want to extend my sincerest condolences to Brendan's family."
Mr. Adams said:
"Brendan was a very good friend and comrade over many years of struggle.
"As a republican activist in the 70s and later in the cages of Long Kesh and in the H Blocks he demonstrated enormous courage and integrity.
"He spent over 14 years in prison, escaped once and led the 1980 hunger strike.
"He never fully recovered from the hunger strike.
"Although he disagreed with the direction taken in recent years, he was held in high esteem by all who knew him.
"Brendan will be missed, not least by his family, but also by the wider republican family with whom he dedicated such a large part of his life in furtherance of Irish republican goals.
"He was my friend. Tá sé ar an slí an fhirinne anois.
"Brendan was a sincere and committed republican who was very proud of his working class roots." ENDS