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Adams expresses 'deep sadness' at the death of Fr Daniel Berrigan

1 May, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has expressed his “deep sadness at the death of Fr Daniel J Berrigan” who has died aged 94.

Gerry Adams said:

“Fr Berrigan came to public notice during the Vietnam War protests in the United States.  He was arrested and imprisoned for burning draft cards. As a believer in non-violent protest he frequently found himself in confrontation with the US authorities and was arrested many times.

“Daniel Berrigan and his brother Philip were committed pacifists. They spoke out against poverty and racism and militarism. They were strong opponents of nuclear weapons.

“In 1980 the Berrigan brothers visited the north and met relatives of those being held in the H-Blocks and Armagh Women’s Prison who were at that time on the blanket protest. 

“The authorities refused the brothers entry to the prisons to visit the political prisoners.

“I want to extend my sincere condolences to Fr Berrigan’s family and to the Jesuit order of which he was a member.

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.”

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