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Dublin Republicans to mark 25th Anniversary of the death of Vol. Martin Hurson

13 July, 2006


Dublin republicans will hold a vigil at the GPO on O'Connell Street today, 13th July at 12.30pm to mark the 25th Anniversary of the death of IRA Volunteer Martin Hurson who died after 46 days on hunger strike. Events are also taking place today and over the weekend in Tyrone, Belfast, Longford, Derry, Cork, Louth, Cavan and Down.

Speaking in advance Dublin Councillor Larry O'Toole said:

" Martin Hurson was from Cappagh in East Tyrone. He was just 24 years of age when he died on July 13th after 46 days on Hunger Strike. He was a candidate in Longford/Westmeath in 1981 General Election and received massive support from the people of those counties.

"The events of 1981 were a watershed moment and the sacrifices made by the men in Long Kesh and the women in Armagh Jail remain with us to this day. I would encourage Dubliners to get involved in the events in Dublin tomorrow and indeed throughout the year as we seek to remember th hunger strikers who died in 1981 and build the sort of Ireland which is peaceful, free, united and democratic." ENDS

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