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Gerry Adams pays tribute to Joe Cahill following his death in Belfast last night

24 July, 2004

Irish republican Joe Cahill died in Belfast last night after a short illness. Joe was 84 years of age and was Vice President of Sinn Féin at the time of his death. Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams paid tribute to Joe and extended his sympathy and solidarity to Annie and the Cahill family - Tom, Maria, Stephanie, Nuala, Aine, Patricia and Deirdre.

Mr. Adams said:

"Joe Cahill spent a life time in struggle. He was both a leader and a servant of the republican cause. In the difficult years of the 1930s and 1940s he and his contemporaries stood against the partition of Ireland and for Irish unity and he was imprisoned on many occasions for his beliefs.

"He was an unapologetic physical force republican who fought when he felt that was the only option but he also significantly stood for peace and was a champion of the Sinn Féin peace strategy, traveling to the US on many occasions on behalf of the party.

"In many ways Joe was the father of this generation of republicans and he had the capacity to relate both to young people and his contemporaries. His contribution to Irish republicanism will ensure that he will be remembered for many generations to come.

"Joe Cahill will be deeply missed by all those who knew him. I measc laochra na nGael a raibh sé."ENDS

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