18 May 2006

Spanish civil war veteran dies aged 88

RTÉ

18 May 2006 12:49

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usThe Spanish Civil War veteran and chairman of the Communist Party of Ireland, Michael O'Riordan, has died in Dublin at the age of 88.

He was one of only two remaining Irishmen who fought against General Franco's fascist forces and was shot and injured in Spain.

On returning to Ireland, Mr O'Riordan was interned by Eamonn de Valera's government during the 1940s.

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Sinn Féin

Gerry Adams expresses condolences to family and friends of Micheal O'Riordan

Published: 18 May, 2006
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP has expressed his deep condolences to the family and friends of Micheal O’Riordan who died this morning. Mr. Adams said Michael was an inspiration to all those who knew him and will be sadly missed.

Mr. Adams said:

“Born in the West Cork Gaeltacht, Michael O’Riordan was politically active his entire life and an inspiration to all those who knew him. He was an active republican, internationalist and communist and a committed Gaelgeoir. A member of the IRA in his youth, he was interned in the Curragh Internment Camp in the 1940s. But he will be remembered best by many for joining the International Bridage and risking his life in the fight against facism in Spain. He lost close comrades there and worked diligently to ensure that the story of their struggle is widely known today and their memory cherished. As a leader of the Communist Party of Ireland he continued to fight against injustice and for social change until very late in his life.

“On behalf of Sinn Féin, I want to extend condolences to Michael’s family and friends. I measc laochra na nGael go raibh sé.”ENDS

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