Gerry Adams TD extends solidarity to Doherty family on death of Margaret Doherty
Speaking at the funeral this morning of Margaret Doherty, mother of IRA hunger Striker Kieran Doherty, Sinn Féin TD for Louth Gerry Adams said:
“I want to extend my personal condolences and that of Republicans everywhere to the family and friends of Margaret Doherty, mother of IRA hunger striker Kieran Doherty who died last weekend.
"Margaret was a mother, a grandmother,a great grandmother and a great, great grandmother. She was also a dancer. She and Alfie were All-Ireland ballroom dance champions. She was a fine singer and was always welcoming with a wonderful sense of humour.
"Margaret died two days after the anniversary of Kieran’s death on August 2nd 1981 after 73 days on hunger strike.
"I had the great privilege to know Margaret and her late husband Alfie for many years. They were people of immense courage who bore with great fortitude and resilience the enormous trauma of the 1981 hunger strike.
"When I visited the prison hospital 29 July 1981 I had the opportunity to speak to Kieran and to his parents Margaret and Alfie and his brother Michael. Kieran was close to death but determined to make his stand against Britain’s criminalisation policy. It was an agonising time for his parents and siblings who campaigned tirelessly on behalf of the political prisoners.
"In the years after the hunger strike Margaret and Alfie retained a very special relationship with the people of Cavan-Monaghan who had elected Kieran as a TD.
"To Margaret’s family – her children Michael, Terry, Roisin, Mairead and Brendan, her grandchildren and wider family circle I extend the solidarity of republicans everywhere."