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Adams extends sympathy to Cuomo Family on news of death of Mario Cuomo

4 January, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has expressed his “deep shock and sadness at the death of for New York Governor Mario Cuomo” and he extended his “sincerest sympathies to the Cuomo family and to the Democratic Party.”

Mario Cuomo was Governor of New York for three terms from 1983 until 1994 during which time he was very supportive of efforts to secure a visa for the Sinn Féin leader to visit the USA and to end conflict in Ireland and to build a peace process.

Gerry Adams said;

“Mario Cuomo was a champion for justice and equality.

“He believed passionately in the principles of fairness, care and compassion.

“He was a renowned orator and used that skill to articulate his vision of a liberal America that embraced all her citizens and provided for them.

“Mario Cuomo brought that passion for justice and equality to his view of Ireland.

“He was outspoken on the need for an inclusive peace process.  He also advocated for the granting of a visa to me in the early 90s.

“He has left a proud and lasting legacy.

“My deepest sympathy to his family and friends in particular to his son Andrew, who was inaugurated New York Governor for a second term on the day his father died."


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