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Sinn Féin centenary event to honour the contribution of Republican women

9 December, 2005

Sinn Féin MLA Caitríona Ruane has today said that the contribution made by Republican women over this last century was one of "bravery, endurance and an inspiration to those in struggle around the world."

Ms Ruane made her comments as she gave details of an event to honour the contribution of women from across Ireland to the freedom struggle since 1798, in this Sinn Féin's centenary year. The launch of "Mná na hÉireann - Unfinished Revolution Volume 1" will take place this coming Monday 12th December at An Chúlturlann, Falls Road Belfast at 12 noon by both Party President Gerry Adams and Céad Bliain Chairperson Caitríona Ruane MLA.

Speaking today Ms Ruane said:

"The launch of a commemorative set of cards celebrating and outlining the role played by Irish Republican women involved in all aspects of the struggle. This is our own small way of celebrating the contribution of women from across Ireland and throughout all generations. In many respects, the role played by women has largely been written out of history, and the launch of these cards is an attempt to redress this.

"Women have played various roles over these past number of years - soldiers, mothers, political and trade union activists. Women like Maud Gonne, Constance Markievicz, Mother Jones, Maire Drumm and Mairead Farrell have all made important contributions to the freedom struggle.

"While this is volume 1, we anticipate future volumes highlighting the role of republican women of our history. I want to take this opportunity to invite the general public to Monday's launch in Belfast to celebrate the bravery, endurance and the self-reliance of women who became an inspiration to people in struggle across the world." ENDS

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