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MP speaks on 30th anniversary of Bobby Sands election

9 April, 2011

Speaking today on the 30th anniversary of the election of Bobby Sands as the MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone current MP for the area Michelle Gildernew said:
“Thirty years ago the people of Fermanagh and South Tyrone made a stand for freedom, for justice and for peace. They defied Thatcher and her cronies and sent a powerful statement across the world that Irish Republicans would not be criminalised.
“Thirty years on the election of Bobby Sands as our MP remains a defining moment in our history. Far from breaking the Republicans struggle in the H-Blocks as Britain predicted the sacrifices and determination of the prisoners propelled our struggle to new heights.
“Sinn Féin are going into this Assembly election as the only all-Ireland and united Ireland political voice. We have a strategy for a united Ireland and more importantly it is a strategy which is clearly working.” ENDS

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