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Gerry Adams expresses shock after death of prominent Republican

8 October, 2005

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams today expressed his shock at the untimely death of prominent Newry republican Brian Campbell at his home yesterday. Speaking this afternoon Mr Adams said:

"Brian Campbell was a man of enormous talent and commitment to the republican struggle. While in prison he along with Lawerence McKeown edited the acclaimed book ŒNor Meekly Serve My Time‚ in which those blanketmen and former hunger strikers told the story of the prison struggle of the late 1970s and early 1980s in their own words.

"On his release from prison Brian went on to become editor of An Phoblacht and a played a key role in the development of Sinn Féin in Newry & Armagh and the election of Conor Murphy as MP last year.

"Brian also continued to write and was instrumental in making of the award winning film H3 which brought the story of the Hunger Strikes to a worldwide audience.

"Republicans throughout Ireland were deeply shocked yesterday when we heard the news of Brian's sudden death. But it is his wife and young family who will feel this lost most. On behalf of the Sinn Féin leadership I would wish to extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to Brian's wife and family at this most difficult time." ENDS

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