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Remember hunger strikers from all generations next Sunday - Cllr Mick Nugent

17 August, 2015 - by Mick Nugent

Sinn Féin Councillor Mick Nugent has encouraged people to attend the National Hunger Strike commemoration in Dundalk on August 23.

He stated that Irish Hunger Strikers, from all generations, made the supreme sacrifice in the name of Irish freedom and that they should be recognised collectively for their bravery.

Cllr Nugent said;

"The hunger strike has been employed historically, by generations of Irish rebels, as the last available act of resistance to imperialism and injustice.

"We here in Cork are well acquainted with the legacy of hunger strikes given the sacrifices of our martyred Ard Mhéara Terence MacSwiney and Joe Murphy in 1920. We share that legacy with the people of the north when they remember the ten young men who died in Long Kesh in 1981. We share that legacy with people in Co.Mayo when they remember Michael Gaughan and Frank Stagg.

"It also appropriate to remember that Terence MacSwiney (Mid Cork), Bobby Sands (Fermanagh/South Tyrone) and Kieran Doherty (Cavan/Monaghan) were elected representatives of the people when they died on Hunger Strike.

"It is sad that people found themselves in circumstances where embarking on a hunger strike was seen as the only way to assert their rights. However, those circumstances, in both 1920 and 1981, were the function of colonialism and occupation. What is inspirational and heroic, is that political prisoners, from successive generations, held the conviction of their beliefs to lay down their lives for their country and for a future free of oppression.

"It is only right that hunger strikers from all generations are recognised collectively. The hunger strikes mark important moments in Irish politically and social history.

"Terence MacSwiney began his hunger strike in August so it is fitting, for Corkonians in particular, that the commemoration is held in this month every year.

"I am urging people from Cork and from all over Ireland to travel to Dundalk next Sunday to remember, all Irish Hunger Strikers, with dignity and pride."

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