Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has expressed her condolences on the death of Margaret Doherty, mother of 1981 hunger striker Kieran Doherty, who died in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh after 73 days.
Mary Lou McDonald said:
“I am saddened to hear of the death this evening of Margaret Doherty, mother of republican hunger striker, Kieran.
“Earlier today thousands of people turned out in Co Tyrone to commemorate and pay tribute to the hunger strikers and their families.
“Margaret, along with the other parents and families of the hunger strikers, suffered long agonising days of torment as they watched their sons die in order that their comrades would be treated as political prisoners.
“Along with her husband Alfie, she watched for 73 days as Kieran’s life slowly ebbed away and showed tremendous courage.
“The leadership and courage shown by Margaret and Alfie and their family during the prison protests and that period was formidable.
“They campaigned so energetically during the 1981 election which saw Kieran elected as TD for Cavan-Monaghan.
“I will always remember the powerful image on our TV screens of Mrs Doherty, during her son’s final days, urging the British government to end their cruel torture of the prisoners.
“The death of Margaret Doherty will be received with great sadness by the republican family and I send my condolences and that of our party to her children Michael, Terry, Roisin, Mairead and Brendan and to the Doherty family circle and friends at this difficult time. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.”