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Death of Eunice Kennedy Shriver - founder of the Special Olympics

11 August, 2009 - by Pat Sheehan, Westminster

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has expressed his condolences to the Kennedy family on the death of Eunice Kennedy Shriver the founder of the Special Olympics.

Mr Adams said:

“As well as being a member of the Kennedy family, Eunice Kennedy Shriver will be best remembered for her work with the Special Olympics movement which she formed in 1968. Through her work and her campaigning she has helped change the perception of those with disabilities around the world.

“When the Special Olympics came to Ireland in 2003 I was felt privileged and humbled to attend what was a truly remarkable event.

“I am sure that the many thousands of people who have been touched by the work of the Special Olympics movement over many decades will be truly saddened at the news of Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s passing this morning and I would wish to extend my condolences to her family and friends at this time.” ENDS

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