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Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams expresses deep shock at death of Ivan Barr

10 May, 2008

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP MLA has expressed his "deep sense of shock on the death of Sinn Fein Strabane Councillor Ivan Barr".

On behalf of Sinn Féin Gerry Adams extended his sincerest condolence to Ivan's wife Judy, his sons and daughters Jeffery, Judith, Ivan, Ann Marie, Liam, Dean, and Seán; to his brothers Charlie, Tommy and Raymond, and his grandchildren, and to the wider family circle.

Mr. Adams said:

"Ivan was a strong and deeply committed republican. Over four decades of activism he was at the forefront of republican politics.

"Ivan was a former Chair of the northern Civil Rights Association. As a Sinn Féin Councillor he was an effective public representative, he championed major reform of Strabane Council, stood up for the rights of Strabane citizens, and was a stalwart of the republican struggle.

"His loss will be deeply felt by his family. But Strabane has also lost a great leader.

"Ar dheis láimh dé go raibh a anam." ENDS

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