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Mitchel McLaughlin expresses regret at death of former hunger striker Matt Devlin

29 December, 2005

Sinn Féin General Secretary and MLA for Foyle Mitchel McLaughlin, has this evening expressed his sorrow at the death of former hunger striker Matt Devlin.

Speaking this evening Mr McLaughlin said:

"It is with deep regret that I learned of the death of Tyrone Republican and Hunger striker Matt Devlin today. Matt was on both the blanket protest and the hunger strike in the summer of 1981.

"On behalf of Sinn Féin I want to extend my deepest sympathy to Matt's family and friends." ENDS

Matt Devlin will be buried in Ardboe, County Tyrone on Saturday after 11 o clock mass.

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