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Sinn Féin pay tribute to Bob Doyle

23 January, 2009

Sinn Féin Dublin MEP Mary Lou McDonald has expressed her sympathy on the death of Bob Doyle, the last surviving member of the Connolly Column, the Irish section of the International Brigade which fought for the Spanish Republic 1936-1939.

The Dublin MEP said:

"On behalf of Sinn Féin I want to pay tribute to the late Bob Doyle and to express sympathy with his family, friends and comrades. As the last member of the James Connolly Column of the International Brigade, Bob's passing marks the end of an era. The heroic stand of the International Brigade in defence of the Spanish Republic against fascism has inspired generations of people across the globe, including the Irish people. Many of Bob's Irish comrades gave their lives in that struggle.

"Bob Doyle, a native of North King Street, Dublin, began his life of political activism as a member of the IRA's Dublin Brigade. His opposition to British imperialism in Ireland and his commitment to the cause of socialism and internationalism never wavered. He shared his experiences of struggle with young people and also his youthful enthusiasm. He will be greatly missed." ENDS

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