Commemoration hears call for Lillis release

Joanne McDaid speaking at the Kevin Lynch commemoration held at the H Block Memorial yesterday. (0208PG61)
Joanne McDaid speaking at the Kevin Lynch commemoration held at the H Block Memorial yesterday. (0208PG61)

Republicans who gathered in Derry yesterday to commemorate the anniversary of the death of hunger striker Kevin Lynch called for the release of Brendan Lilis.

The commemoration event was held at the H Block monument on Rossville Street to mark the 30th anniversary of the Dungiven hunger striker, who died in Long Kesh after 71 days on the protest.

The event was chaired by Sinn Féin activist, Joanne McDaid, who praised the courage sand determination of Kevin Lynch.

Speaking at the event, Sinn Féin councillor Elisha McLaughlin said; “We send solidarity to the Brendan Lillis and his family. The republican community will continue to do all that is possible to secure his release.”

Another commemoration will be held at the Rossville Street monument at 1pm today to mark the 30th anniversary of the death of hunger striker Kieran Doherty.