Hunger strike rally

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A major rally will be held in Derry next month to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the 1981 hunger strike.

The march and rally will take place in the city on May 1 and is likely to attract republicans from across Ireland.

It is being organised by the Derry branch of the 1981 Committee, the body set up to co-ordinate hunger strike commemorations.

Sinn Féin councillor Elisha McLaughlin said: “The march and rally will be one of the largest such gatherings in Ireland. So it is with a sense of pride and determination that the Derry 1981 Committee is currently in the process of making necessary preparations for such an undertaking.”

Ms McLaughlin appealed for those who took part in hunger strike demonstrations at the time to attend the march. “In particular we would appeal to all those involved in the Relatives Action Committees at the time and the Youth against Oppression groups, those who organised and took part in protests from many of the local factories and schools to be part of this march. We are urging everyone to bring their family members, those who were too young at the time, or not even born, so that they can understand that time.