West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals


Published: 29 July, 2008

Sinn Féin Councillor and Omagh District council chairman Martin McColgan has called on Irish Republicans in Tyrone to support the annual National Hunger Strike Commemoration being held in Derry on Sunday 17th August.

Urging people in the county to mobilise and attend this major event, which will be attended by thousands of people from all over Ireland, Councillor McColgan said,

"I would urge all Tyrone republicans to mobilise for the 27th annual hunger strike commemoration. For those who are old enough to remember the turbulent months over the summer of 1981 it seems like yesterday. The memory of the 10 men, in particular Tyrone hunger striker Martin Hurson remains with us and fills us with pride even though it has been 27 years from 1981.

"The 1981 Hunger Strikes is our generations 1916 and it should be commemorated in the same manner. In 1981 Thatcher and her regime thought that if they could defeat the Hunger Strikers they could destroy the will of the republican/nationalist community to struggle for their rights and for national independence. How wrong they were. The Hunger strike for many marked a changing point in the struggle for freedom. From 1981 the Irish republican struggle emerged stronger and showed to the world that republicans would face down any attempts by the British to label the struggle for national liberation as struggle.

"The Hunger strike also acted as a catalyst in the struggle for freedom and it is fitting that 'The Struggle Continues' has been adopted as the theme of this years National Hunger Strike Commemoration. CRÍOCH

Note to editors:
· Marchers will depart from the Creggan Shops, in the Creggan area of Derry at 2:30pm and the march will conclude at the Gas Yard in Derry's Bogside.