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Adams sends condolences to families of Sinn Féin members killed in Donegal RTA

9 November, 2008

Paying tribute to the two senior members of Donegal Sinn Féin, Mayor of Ballyshannon, Cllr PJ Branley and Dessie McNulty, who died following a road tragedy today, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP has said that "the loss of Cllr PJ Branley and Dessie McNulty will be deeply felt by people across County Donegal as well as Republican Ireland."

Mr Adams said,

"This is a devastating blow for both families and I want to convey my deepest sympathy to PJ's wife Mary, his sons John, Patrick, Liam, and Ciaran, his daughters, Sharon and Rosaleen, his sisters Mary and Nora, and his 14 grandchildren. Our deepest sympathy also goes out to Dessies' mother Bridget, his brothers, Joe (London), Peter and Eamonn (Australia), James, Bernard and Michael, his sisters Anne and Mary". This is a massive loss to the republican family in Tír Chonaill.

"PJ's election as Mayor of Ballyshannon was example of his commitment and work on behalf of Sinn Féin and also the people of Donegal. PJ was a proud and committed Republican and was imprisoned twice in the 1970's and 80's, he will be deeply missed by his family and the wider community.

"Dessie was another one of our senior party members in South Donegal. He was a Painter and Decorator by trade, his work and commitment to the building and development of our party inspired all of those people around him.

"It is particularly symbolic of the men that they died while carrying out work on behalf of the party; for them even an early Sunday morning was time for activism and they were out delivering party literature.

"Ar son Sinn Féin ba mhaith liom mo smaointí a seoladh chuig teaghlaigh na bhfear seo, ar dhéis Dé go raibh a hanamacha uaisle." CRÍOCH

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