Adams extends condolences to family and friends of Congressman Ben Gilman
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams TD said:
“I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of long -time friend of Ireland and New York Congressman Ben Gilman.
“In his 30 years as a Republican Congressman, Ben Gilman represented constituencies that included Rockland and Orange counties, which have large Irish American communities.
“As Chair of the International Relations Committee from 1995, Ben Gilman was very active in support of the Irish Peace Process and was highly vocal in his condemnation of the RUC and the need for dramatic change.
“He visited Ireland often, including as an observer at non-jury Diplock trials and at contentious Orange marches, including the Garvaghy Road.
“Ben Gilman was a respected and popular figure among New York Irish Americans for his work on Ireland.
“On Capitol Hill, Ben Gilman epitomised the bi-partisan approach of Congress to the Irish Peace Process, which was one of its strengths. He was one of the main proponents of it.
“On behalf of Sinn Féin, I want to extend my deepest sympathies to his wife Georgia, his family, and friends.”