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Republicans To Mark the 30th Anniversary Of The Death Of Hunger Striker Frank Stagg

10 February, 2006

This weekend marks the 30th Anniversary of the death of Republican PoW Frank Stagg on Hunger Strike in Wakefield Prison. A series of events will be taking place to mark this important republican event.

On Saturday republicans will assemble outside Wakefield Prison for a short commemoration which will be addressed by former Republican PoW Roseana Browne.

On Sunday former Hunger Striker and Republican prisoner Gerry Kelly will speak at a commemoration at Frank Stagg’s graveside in Ballina, County Mayo at 11.30am

Also on Sunday in Belfast a mural on Dunville Street marking the 30th Anniversary of Frank Stagg’s death and the 25th Anniversary of the 1981 Hunger Strike will be unveiled by Sinn Féin Councillor and former political prisoner Paul Butler at 3pm.

On Monday at 11am in the Edinburgh Suite in the Europa Hotel in Belfast , Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams will be joined by other Sinn Fein leaders along with former Hunger Strikers from Long Kesh, Armagh and English Jails to launch the programme of events to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the 1981 Hunger Strike when 10 republicans PoWs lost their lives. A exhibition will be on display and the media are invited to attend.

Speaking today in advance of these events former IRA O/C in Long Kesh Brendan McFarlane said:

“This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the 1981 Hunger Strike when ten of our comrades died confronting British attempts to criminalise us and the entire republican struggle. We will also in the coming year remember with pride Frank Stagg and Michael Gaughan who died on Hunger Strike in the 1970s in British prisons.

“The National Hunger Strike Commemoration Committee has put together a series of events, commemorations and debates throughout the island and beyond as we remember the events of 1981 and the British government policy which led to them.

“Republicans are rightly proud of the sacrifices made in the past and in particular in the prison struggle. We are also looking to the future and are as determined now as we were 25 years ago to press ahead in the coming years to deliver on our republican objectives and goals of Irish unity and independence.” ENDS

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