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Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD speaks on death of Bill Flynn

3 June, 2018 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

"I learned today with great regret that Bill Flynn died yesterday at home in New York.

 "I met Bill several times on visits to New York over recent years.

"As Chairman of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, Bill initiated a series of advertisements in the New York Times calling on America to help in bringing peace.

"With Chuck Feeney, Niall O’Dowd, Bruce Morrison and others, Bill succeeded in initiating a process that is now world famous.

"He made sure that he reached out to all those affected by the conflict and forged relationships with people from the Unionist and Loyalist backgrounds.

"His commitment to peace in Ireland remained till his death yesterday, Saturday June 2nd, at 92 years of age. 

 "Bill’s pride in his Irish heritage in Mayo and Down was demonstrated by his frequent visits to Ireland.

"He was deeply affected by the Loughinisland killings as this was the birthplace of his grandfather and he knew the area and his family there .

"My deepest sympathies to Peggy, Bill’s wife of 65 years, to his children, grandchildren and many friends.

 "Bill Flynn will be missed in America and in Ireland. His determination to help bring peace made a real difference."

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