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Gerry Adams extends condolences to family of Emma Groves

2 April, 2007

Sinn Féin West Belfast MP and Party President Gerry Adams has extended his sincerest sympathy and condolences to the family of Emma Groves following her death earlier today.

Mr. Adams said:

"Emma Groves was blinded by a British Army rubber bullet in 1971. In the years since she was an energetic and committed champion in the fight to eliminate the use of rubber and plastic bullets.

"I knew Mrs Groves well. She was a warm, kind, gifted and articulate spokesperson for the campaign against plastic bullets. She travelled widely to speak on this issue. She never allowed her blindness to prevent her from carrying out her desire to end the use of this lethal weapon.

"Mrs Groves had a large family who will mourn her passing. But she also will be mourned by the many thousands of people who came to know her over the years and who respected and admired her determination and courage." ENDS

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