14 April 2006

Funeral held of Sinn Fein negotiator

Belfast Telegraph

By Debra Douglas
14 April 2006

Several hundred mourners attended the funeral of Siobhan O'Hanlon in West Belfast today.

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams and other top officials including Martin McGuinness, Gerry Kelly and Alex Maskey, joined her husband Pat her young son Cormac and the rest of her family and friends for her funeral this morning.

Mr Adams and Mr McGuinness helped carry Ms O'Hanlon's coffin, which was draped in a tricolour, from the family home at Hawthorne View, Hannahstown Hill.

Dozens of children holding wreaths led the long possession as a lone piper played a lament.

A funeral service for Ms O'Hanlon, a Sinn Fein official heavily involved in the parties negotiating team in the run up to the Good Friday agreement, was due to take place at nearby St Joseph's Church.

Ms O'Hanlon (45) died on Tuesday night after battling cancer for more than a year.

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