18 May 2006

McCreesh tribute by Ó Brádaigh

Daily Ireland

“It is not to be allowed or countenanced that any politician shall use our brave young volunteer Raymond to shore up their colonial political ambitions.” – Sarah Murphy, Republican Sinn Féin

by Mick Hall
17/05/2006

Republican Sinn Féin president Ruairí Ó Brádaigh will give an oration at the graveside of hunger striker Raymond McCreesh on the 25th anniversary of his death this Sunday.
Mr Ó Brádaigh gave the original oration at the IRA volunteer’s funeral. He will be joined by party members and supporters in the south Armagh village of Camlough to commemorate Raymond McCreesh’s death.
Raymond McCreesh was the third hunger striker to die in Long Kesh prison in 1981 in an attempt to win political status from the British government. He died on May 21 that year, 61 days into his protest.
He had had been jailed in 1976 after being captured trying to attack a covert British army post near the Mountain House Inn on the main road between Newry and Newtownhamilton, along with volunteers Paddy Quinn and Danny McGuinness.
Another volunteer escaped after a gun battle with paratroopers.
Republican Sinn Féin’s Sarah Murphy, who was secretary of the South Armagh Hunger Strike Committee in 1981, said Raymond McCreesh had died rather than accept British rule in Ireland and that his memory needed to be protected.
“It must be clear to everyone who is not brainwashed that Republican Sinn Féin and the extended republican movement is the only organisation which can be identified as following in the footsteps of Raymond and his comrades.
“It is not to be allowed or countenanced that any politician shall use our brave young volunteer Raymond to shore up their colonial political ambitions.
“We cannot allow them to slander Raymond by saying he died on hunger strike to give authority to them to accept English occupation, English rule and to join with colonial warlords to administer power at Stormont,” she said.

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