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O Caoláin offers condolences to husband and family of Margaret Hassan

17 November, 2004


Speaking in the Dáil today Sinn Féin leader, Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin, joined with other party leaders in offering condolences to the husband and family of murdered Irish Iraqi aid worker Margaret Hassan.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said, "I join with all the other party leaders in extending on my own behalf and on behalf of Sinn Féin, our sincere sympathy to the husband and family of murdered Irish Iraqi aid worker Margaret Hassan.

"Her cruel captivity and death serve no cause. Her dedicated service to and embrace of the Iraqi people for over 30 years only emphasises the outrage of her murder.

"An opponent of the US/British invasion of Iraq, Margaret Hassan represented the views of the overwhelming mass of Irish opinion. We have lost someone of whom we, as a people, can be justly proud.

"Her death demands a re-evaluation of this State's shameful assistance for and association with the US-led war in Iraq - not in response to her murder but because it is the right thing to do and because that is what Margaret Hassan would have wished." ENDS

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