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Ó Snodaigh sends condolences to Tony Gregory’s family and friends

7 January, 2009 - by Pat Sheehan, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

With hundreds of other Dubliners Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh this morning attended the funeral of Tony Gregory along with party colleagues Gerry Adams MP MLA, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, Mary Lou McDonald MEP and Councillor Christy Burke.

Speaking afterwards Deputy Ó Snodaigh again extended his condolences and those of the Sinn Féin Party to Mr. Gregory's family, friends and constituents. A former pupil of Tony's at the all-Irish secondary school, Coláiste Eoin, and a fellow whip in the last Dáil Aengus said:

"Tony's passing is sad for all those of us influenced by him, throughout his years of activism, for national, local, socialist or cultural rights. A champion of the worker class, his death will be especially felt by those he worked with and for in Dublin's inner city.

"He stood for the values, which all politicians should, of integrity, dedication and hard work. His re-election to the Dáil continuously since 1982 was testament to his principled stand on many issues, not least the drugs scourge that nearly destroyed his neighbourhood and constituency, his city.

"A friend of the down-trodden at home and abroad, a true champion of justice and equality has passed. Tá cara na Gaeilge eile ar lár. I measc laochra dílis na nGael go raibh sé.

"On behalf of Sinn Féin I extend our sincere condolences to Tony's family, friends and comrades." ENDS

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