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Dublin republicans commemorate Bobby Sands anniversary

5 May, 2007

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams addressed a commemoration at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin this morning to mark the 26th anniversary of the death of Bobby Sands. Mr. Adams said:
"Today 26 years ago Bobby Sands died on Hunger Strike and it is clear that the hunger strikers continue to hold a special place in the hearts of many people. The enduring legacy of the hunger strikers is to be found all around us. Like the Easter Rising 66 years earlier it marked a watershed in modern Irish history. The political growth of Sinn Féin and of Irish republicanism is in no small measure a result of their courage.
"But more importantly, their legacy is to be found in the peace process and the positive transformation it has brought about in Irish society in recent years. That process of change continues.
"Despite the brutal conditions Bobby never lost his faith in people or his determination to look to the future. Twenty-six years after his death Irish republicans face that future with confidence." ENDS

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