[Sinn Fein]

16th March 1999

A passionate campaigner for Human Rights

Sinn Fein Upper Bann Assembly Member Dr. Dara O'Hagan has expressed her deep shock and sadness at the murder of her close friend and Human Rights lawyer, Rosemary Nelson.

Dr. O'Hagan said:

``Rosemary was a passionate campaigner for Human Rights for all in the North of Ireland. Despite constant intimidation and numerous death threats from both RUC and Loyalist sources Rosemary preserved in her quest of building a better and more just society for all. Her work was an inspiration to all of us. Her work for vulnerable communities such as the Garvaghy Road Residents and for those who suffered the most grave of injustices like the Hamill family was legendary. She was a `voice for the voiceless'.

``Just as Rosemary campaigned for a full international independent inquiry into the murder of her fellow Human Rights lawyer, Pat Finucane, so all of those who believe in human rights should settle for nothing less into Rosemary's murder.

``Rosemary was a wonderful, warm and caring woman. Those who knew her have lost a generous friend. All of us on this island are poorer without her. To Paul, her children, her parents, brothers and sisters and wider family circle I offer my deepest sympathy.''

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