West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Public Talk on Gibraltar 3

Published: 29 May, 2012

Former Belfast City Councillor Joe Austin will be the main speaker at a talk which recalls events in March 1988 when three IRA Volunteers were killed without warning, by the British Army in Gibraltar. 'The Gibraltar 3 - The Final Journey' which will be held in Creggan Community Centre on Thursday 7th June beginning at 8pm and is organised by the Frank Ward/Joe McGarrity Sinn Féin cumann.

Joe Austin was a Belfast city councillor at the time and left Ireland in the aftermath of the Gibraltar shootings to bring the remains of Mairéad Farrell, Sean Savage and Dan McCann back to Ireland.

Speaking ahead of the Public Talk local Councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald said:

"The shooting of Mairéad, Sean and Dan had a huge international and national impact. The incident was part of a shoot to kill policy adopted by the British. This policy was also ruthlessly implemented in Mid-Tyrone that year when three IRA volunteers were killed in action in a SAS ambush at Drumnakilly.

Cllr Fitzgerald continued, "Upon the return of the Volunteers bodies from Gibraltar thousands of people lined the route from Dublin Airport to Belfast. Ireland was united in their mourning and the sense of anger was palpable. Joe Austin will be recounting his personal memories of this harrowing event. No doubt it will be an emotional occasion and a number of the Gibraltar 3 family members will be in attendance. The event is open to the public and we urge anyone who is interested to come along and hear Joe's first-hand account of his role in helping to return the bodies of Mairéad, Sean and Dan back to Ireland.