Martina Anderson pays tribute to Raymond McLaughlin‏ in Buncrana

Martina Anderson pays tribute to Raymond McLaughlin DSC_0724
Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said Sinn Féin continue to draw inspiration from previous generations of republican activists.
Speaking at a commemoration on Sunday to mark the 30th anniversary of the death of Inishowen republican Raymond McLaughlin in Buncrana, Ms Anderson said;
“The phrase ‘unbowed and unbroken’ is applied to many republican ex-prisoners and it is certainly true in the case of Raymond McLaughlin.
“Raymond was someone who always led from the front. During his long imprisonment in England he tirelessly stood up for the rights of his fellow prisoners.
“He confronted prison authorities, screws, Boards of Visitors and hostile inmates in equal measure.
“He campaigned for better visitor conditions and even got a British MP to ask a question at Westminster about conditions in Albany prison.
“He and many others put is on our path to reuniting Ireland. I firmly believe that we would not have 4 MEPs, 14 TDs, 29 MLAs, 3 senators, and hundreds of councillors without the efforts of republicans like Raymond McLaughlin.
“Every day, in everything we do, every meeting we attend and every action we take, Raymond and people like him are with us in every step we take.
“We will continue to take inspiration from their example as we work to complete the task they strove for.”