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In praise of Emma Groves and Clara Reilly – Gerry Adams TD

19 January, 2019 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin Louth TD and former west Belfast MP Gerry Adams has praised the “fearless and tireless campaigning for human rights of Emma Groves and Clara Reilly”. 

Gerry Adams TD was speaking at an event this lunchtime to rename the corner of the old Andersonstown Barracks site ‘Coirnéal Groves Reilly – Groves Reilly Corner’. For more than 30 years the United Campaign against Plastic Bullets – which they founded in 1984 - has held a white line picket here each August against the use of that lethal weapon.

Describing the two west Belfast women as ‘Sisters in Struggle’ Teachta Adams said:

“This is a unique and entirely appropriate celebration of the work of two remarkable and exceptional women – Clara Reilly and Emma Groves - sisters in struggle.

“Through the worst years of conflict Clara and Emma stood strong against unimaginable state violence and repression. Two west Belfast women – mothers and grandmothers - who gave hope and leadership in dangerous times and at great personal risk.

“Two women who separately and together rose to the extraordinary challenge of defending the rights of citizens against the violence of the Unionist and British states.

“Together they made a formidable and inseparable team. Clara was Emma’s eyes on the world.

“Together their dignity and integrity, compassion and humanity was and remains inspirational.

“In all the years that I knew and respected Emma and have appreciated and known Clara, they were never bowed and never broken by all the British system could throw at them. They never once turned their back on anyone who needed help. 

“They lived their lives dedicated to truth and justice and human rights.”

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