Saoradh An Iúir held a successful and dignified Hunger Strike commemoration today in Newry (5th May) on the anniversary of Bobby Sands.
Those present included veteran republicans, former Republican Prisoners and relatives of fallen IRA Volunteers.
Saoradh An Iúir Vice-Chairperson Anthony Coyle laid a wreath on behalf of the Republican Movement. Anthony was involved in the original building of the monument.
Saoradh An Iúir spokesperson Stephen Murney said a few words on behalf of the party. The full text is below”
“I just want to thank everyone for joining with Saoradh today to remember the 1981 Hunger strikers.
In particular I want to acknowledge those present who were involved in the original erection of this monument.
The sacrifice made by those who gave their lives on hunger strike, and in the wider republican struggle, has not been forgotten.
For 10 young men to make the ultimate sacrifice in the manner in which they did is an outstanding example of courage and bravery.
Just a short distance from this monument is the final resting place of one of those young men, IRA Vol Ray McCreesh.
The men of 81 gave their lives so that future republican prisoners, the prisoners of today, would have better, more humane conditions. Yet they are faced with forced strip searches, isolation and controlled movement.
As we leave here today let us remember why these men gave their lives, remember their cause and remember their sacrifice.