Sympathy on the death of Jer O'Leary
Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has expressed deepest sympathy on the death of Jer O'Leary. She said:
"On behalf of Sinn Féin I extend deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Jer O'Leary.
"We were all privileged to know Jer as a friend and comrade. He was a true Dub and a true Irish republican, a former political prisoner and an activist in the cause of trade unionism, socialism, international solidarity and Irish unity and freedom.
"Jer's generous, intelligent and larger-than-life personality shone through in all he did, from acting to banner making to simply regaling friends and fellow workers with his many stories and interests. On countless occasions over many years Jer played his idols Jim Larkin and James Connolly at Sinn Féin commemorations, rallies and other events. Dublin, and especially North Inner City Dublin, will not be the same without him.
"Ní bheidh a leithéid arís ann agus mar a dúirt Jer féin go minic 'an Phoblacht abú.'"