Adams extends condolences on death of Joe Reilly
Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has expressed his “deep sense of loss” at the death of long-time friend and comrade Councillor Joe Reilly.
Gerry Adams said:
“Ba mhaith liom mo chombhrón a dhéanamh le Marian, Claire, Sean, Gerry and Imelda.
“Joe Reilly was a small man – his nickname was Roundy – with a great heart and a big vision. He loved his family, was a community activist, a lover of music, of the arts, of Samuel Beckett, of the Irish language, and the GAA, He was a proud republican who loved Ireland.
“I have known Joe for many years. He was a good friend and a long standing party member. Joe was imprisoned in Portlaoise for ten years in the 1970’s and 80s. Later, in 1994, he was elected as a local Councillor and, for a time, he was also Ard Runaí (General Secretary) of the party.
“Joe was the embodiment of the republican activist. He was deeply committed to Sinn Féin and our Republican objectives. He was very socially and culturally conscious, worked hard to improve the conditions for working people and was a staunch feminist who left his sick bad last week to vote Yes in the repeal referendum.
“Joe was a part of the Sinn Féin leadership which developed our peace strategy and participated in the negotiations that led to the Good Friday Agreement.
“He was also widely known for his community and council work, especially with the Solstice Arts Centre. This week, Joe attended the launch of a new two-year creative investment by eCOMM Merchant Solutions which he initiated along with company’s owners Noel and Valerie Moran.
“This week, he was also due to attend the opening of a new building for Springboard in Navan which provides Family Support Services. Joe, along with Andy Connolly, was instrumental in establishing this organisation in 1998. He was also an advocate and strong supporter of Crann, a flagship childcare community based service.
“I am lucky and honoured to know Joe. He was an extraordinary, compassionate, decent human being. Yesterday, we spent some time together. He faced his death with great courage. He will be missed by all of us who knew him.
“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.”