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Molloy and Brady pay respects to Kevin McNamara

22 August, 2017 - by Francie Molloy

Francie Molloy, MP for Mid Ulster, and Mickey Brady, MP for Newry & Armagh, were in Formby, Merseyside, today to attend the funeral service of former Labour MP and Shadow British Secretary of State Kevin McNamara.

Following the service, Mr Molloy commented,

“On behalf of Sinn Féin, we extend our deepest condolences to his widow Nora, his four children, and the wider McNamara family. 

“Kevin had a long and distinguished career as Shadow British Secretary of State. Despite strong political disagreements, Kevin was always a committed friend to Ireland and a firm believer in Irish unification. Indeed, he often remarked that it was his greatest wish to be the last ever Secretary of State to the North.”

Mr Molloy continued, 

“I fondly remember joining Kevin on a visit to the site of the former Frongoch prison camp to commemorate the 100thanniversary of the arrival of the Irish POWs following the 1916 Rising. 

“Kevin had a wealth of knowledge of the period of history and served as the Chair of the ‘Liverpool Irish 1916 Centenary Commemoration Committee’.”

Mickey Brady, Sinn Féin MP for Newry & Armagh, also remarked: 

“Kevin was widely respected by all quarters. He was well-known for his professionalism but also for his good humour. I have no doubt that he will be greatly missed by his friends and family – and also by the Liverpool-Irish community.

“I last spoke to Kevin in June at the unveiling of a plaque to honour the Liverpool Irish Volunteers who fought in 1916.

“Much of the work that went into securing that monument was carried out by Kevin and I understand the unveiling was one of his last public acts. I am pleased that he got to see it completed.”

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