Death of civil rights activist

Tributes have been paid to a Derry-born civil rights activist who died in London yesterday.

John Coyle, son of the late Vinny Coyle, an iconic figure of the civil rights movement, died in London after a long illness.

Fionnbarra O Dochartaigh, one of the founders of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association, led the tributes to Mr Coyle. “His death has come as a great shock to all of the civil rights veterans. “He was also involved in organising the celebrations for the 30th anniversary of the civil rights movement. He worked with homeless people in London for many years and, like his father, worked to promote civil rights. He continued the tradition of his father,” he said.

Requiem Mass will be in St Eugene’s Cathedral at 10am on Friday. He will be waked from his late father’s house at 75 Lisfannon Park.