[Sinn Fein]

14 Deireadh Fómhair 2001

Republicans honour the Forgotten Ten

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP today said that the holding of state funerals for those IRA Volunteers, now known as the Forgotten Ten, is a fitting tribute to the men and their families. Mr. Adams said that the best way that we can honour these men and all those who fought for Irish freedom is to ensure that we continue to work for a lasting peace based on justice and equality.

Mr. Adams is today attending the service in the Pro-Cathedral and the re-interment ceremonies at Glasnevin along with Ministers Bairbre de Brun and Martin McGuinness and Pat Doherty MP, Michelle Gildernew MP, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, Cllr. Seán Crowe and Cllr. Martin Ferris.

Mr. Adams said:

``The re-interment of the Forgotten Ten and the holding of state funerals is a fitting tribute to these ten men and their families.

``Kevin Barry, Thomas Whelan, Patrick Moran, Frank Flood, Patrick Doyle, Bernard Ryan, Thomas Bryan, Thomas Traynor, Edmond Foley and Patrick Maher played their part in the struggle for Irish freedom and fully deserve the honours which they are receiving today.

``Republicans have always remembered and commemorated those who gave their lives so that future generations may live in better times.    For those of us who are still pursuing the objectives of freedom, justice and peace in an united Ireland, today is an appropriate time to re-dedicate ourselves to this task''. ENDS

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