Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness has expressed his condolences following the death of Peggy O’Hara, mother of one of the ten Irish Republican Hunger Strikers, Patsy O’Hara who died in Long Kesh on Thursday May 21, 1981.
Speaking to the ‘Journal’ Mr. McGuinness said he was “saddened” at the news and described Mrs. O’Hara as a woman of “courage”.
“I was saddened to hear of the death this morning of Peggy O’Hara, mother of Hunger Striker, Patsy.
Peggy along with the parents and families of the other Long Kesh Martyrs suffered long agonising days of torment as they watched their sons die in order that their comrades would be treated as political prisoners’.
“Peggy watched for 61 days as Patsy’s life slowly ebbed away and showed tremendous courage by acting in accordance with his wishes.”
He added: “The death of Peggy O’Hara will be received with sadness by all who knew her and within the wider republican family and I send my condolences to her family Sean Seamus,Tony and Elizabeth, family circle and friends.”