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Sheehan encourages attendance at National Hunger Strike Commemoration

12 August, 2015 - by Pat Sheehan


Sinn Féin MLA Pat Sheehan has encouraged people to attend this year's hunger strike commemoration in Dundalk on August 23. 

The West Belfast MLA and former hunger striker; 

"The 1981 hunger strike in which ten young men died in Long Kesh was a watershed moment in Irish political and social history. 

"The dedication of republican prisoners who challenged the failed criminalisation policies of the British government and particularly of the ten republicans who gave their lives is recognised around the world. 

"Their willingness to lay down their lives in support of their fellow prisoners and the wider republican struggle captured the imagination of communities involved in struggle everywhere. 

"As republicans, we remember their sacrifice with pride and continue to take inspiration from their heroism. 

"Since 1981 we have remembered the ten hunger strikers, as well as those from earlier generations, with dignity and pride. 

"This year we will be holding our National Hunger Strike Commemoration in Dundalk, County Louth, on Sunday August 23, assembling at Ballymascanlon roundabout at 2.15, and I would encourage as many people as possible to take part."

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