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Tributes to Inez McCormick

Inez McCormack. LS49-108KM

Inez McCormack. LS49-108KM

Tributes have been paid to trade unionist and human rights campaigner Inez McCormack who has died.

Tributes have been paid to trade unionist and human rights campaigner Inez McCormack who has died.

Derry-based Ms. McCormack passed away today after a long illness.

Foyle MP Mark Durkan was among those to pay tribute to the late activist who famously was portrayed on the stage by Oscar winner Meryl Streep.

He said: “Inez McCormack was impressive and effective in all she did. She stood for workers’ rights, for women’s rights, for equality and public services. As an organiser and as an advocate, she championed the right of those serving others for lower pay than they deserved.

“She was articulate, compassionate and steadfast. She was immensely charming as well as being intense in her convictions.

“Her contribution to public life went beyond her primary role as a worker’s defender as she helped to benchmark the values, principles and protections that were needed for a fair and stable society.

“Her positive outlook, compelling analysis and valid stances won international recognition as a standard bearer for social justice and a role model for all who seek economic emancipation.

“I extend my sympathy to her husband Vincent and her family whose sense of deep loss will be shared by a wider circle crossing age

and other divides who will know that we have lost a stalwart for decency.”

At the end of last year, outgoing US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton paid tribute to her “great friend” who she hailed as someone who had “worked tirelessly” to bring the North’s divided communities together.

 

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