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New Derry cumainn named after McGuinness, Pearse and Starrs – McCartney

26 January, 2018 - by Raymond McCartney

Sinn Féin in Derry is set for another milestone with the formation of two new cumainn in the city. 

The first Sinn Féin Cumann to be named after the late Sinn Féin leader Martin McGuinness will be located in the Bogside and the Pádraig Pearse/John Starrs Cumann in the Brandywell and Bishop Street areas.

Speaking ahead of the launch Foyle Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney said:

“It’s a big day for the party locally with the launch of the two new cumainn. We have seen particularly over the last two years the massive growth of the party electorally in Derry which culminated in electing a Sinn Féin MP for Foyle and the people's quest for a rights based society. And in the same time our membership in the city has doubled. 

"This is an indication of the growth of the party locally and across Ireland as more and more people agree with our republican analysis.  

"We need to adapt and build for the future around all that, this is part of that process. As Gerry Adams said this week 'Standing still is not an option. We are agents for change and it is up to us to find the ways and means to bring this about.' 

"It’s an honour to have cumainn named after Martin, Pádraig Pearse and John Starrs.

"Locally Martin and John are highly respected and were closely linked with the Bogside and Brandywell areas for decades so it’s only fitting the new cumainn included their names.

""The launch will take place in the Gasyard tomorrow Saturday at 1pm. It’s a free event and after the formal launch there will be light refreshments for those in attendance." 

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