35th Anniversary of Bobby Sands election to parliament

Foyle Sinn Fein MLA Raymond McCartney has launched a new billboard commemorating the 35th anniversary of Bobby Sands election to 

“The election of Bobby Sands is an iconic moment, not just in terms of the prison struggle but the wider

struggle for a United Ireland.


“Margaret Thatcher thought she could break the republican struggle by criminalising it. By claiming it had no support and no legitimacy. The 30,000 people who came out to elect Bobby proved her wrong.


“And as we face into another potentially historic election in the centenary year of 1916, it’s timely that we remember such a pivotal event.


“In 1981 thousands rallied to the call to elect Bobby, recently on Easter Sunday thousands more rallied to remember the Rising. Let us all remember the spirit of 1916 and 1981 and in this election embrace that same spirit by voting Sinn Féin.”