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Death of Peggy O Hara: Adams extends condolences to O Hara family

14 July, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has extended his deepest condolences to the family of Peggy O Hara, mother of INLA hunger striker Patsy O Hara, who died today.

Gerry Adams said:

“I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Peggy O Hara and I want to extend on my own behalf, and that of Sinn Féin and of Irish republicans everywhere, our deepest regrets and condolences to Sean Seamus, Tony and Elizabeth, and the entire family circle and friends.

Peggy O Hara was a strong woman and a strong mother. Like all of the parents and families of the hunger strikers she demonstrated enormous courage during the very difficult days of Patsy’s 61 days on hunger strike.

Speaking of those events and of Patsy going on hunger strike Peggy said:

 ‘My feelings at the start, when he went on hunger strike, were that I thought that they would get their just demands, because it is not very much that they are asking for. There is no use in saying that I was very vexed and all the rest of it. There is no use me sitting back in the wings and letting someone else’s son go. Someone’s sons have to go on it and I just happen to be the mother of that son.’

 "Throughout the hunger strike and in the years since Peggy continued to demonstrate the courage and resilience that marked those difficult days in 1981.

 "Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam”.

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