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Republicans remember Máire Drumm - Adams

25 October, 2006

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams today announced a series of events over the weekend to celebrate the life of Sinn Féin Vice President Máire Drumm. This Saturday marks the 30th anniversary of her killing by a unionist death squad.

Mr. Adams said:

"On October 28th 1976 Máire Drumm was shot dead by unionist paramilitaries while in the Mater Hospital. She was a life long republican activist originally from the townland of Killeen in South Armagh. Along with her husband Jimmy she worked tirelessly on behalf of the republican struggle.

"Following the pogroms against nationalist areas in 1969, Máire Drumm emerged as a gifted leader and organiser, and an inspirational public speaker. Her home became an open house for refugees from beleaguered areas of the city. She was actively involved in re-housing families forced to leave their homes as a result of loyalist intimidation.

"Máire was among the first to warn that the 'peacekeeping' British troops were an occupation force. When the Falls area was curfewed in July 1970 it was Máire who led the 'pram invasion' of women, pushing prams laden with supplies into the besieged area in defiance of the British Army. They effectively broke the curfew.

"Máire's leadership qualities were evident when Sinn Féin was reorganised and she was elected as the party's Vice President. Refusing to be silenced in spite of constant harassment by the RUC and British Army and the target of a vicious black propaganda campaign through the media, Máire was to serve several periods of imprisonment in Armagh and Mountjoy prisons.

"Refused a visa to travel to the USA for eye treatment, Máire underwent surgery in Belfast's Mater hospital. It was while recovering from her operation that she was shot dead in the hospital ward in October 1976."

*A commemorative evening of song and remembrance to mark the 30th anniversary of the death of Máire Drumm will be held in the Teachers' Club, Parnell Square, Dublin on Thursday evening, 26 October. Main speaker: Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle member Rita O'Hare and Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD.

A commemorative booklet - Máire Drumm: Voice of a Risen People - will be launched at this event.

On Saturday morning October 28th a plaque will be unveiled in her honour at the Sinn Féin office on the Falls Road and later relatives, friends and former comrades will travel to Armagh Prison.

There will also be a Máire Drumm tribute night on Saturday, 28 October at Trinity Lodge, West Belfast. Main speaker: Sinn Féin Chairperson Mary Lou McDonald MEP.

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