Commemorative events launched to mark 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton

In advance of the 30th anniversary of Councillor Eddie Fullerton, republicans in Donegal have launched a series of initiatives to commemorate his life and highlight the ongoing campaign by his family for justice and truth.

Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 10:16 am
The late Councillor Eddie Fullerton.
The late Councillor Eddie Fullerton.

The initiatives for the anniversary, which takes place on May 25, include the unveiling of a large commemorative banner on the Eddie Fullerton Bobby Sands building in Letterkenny, the launch of a commemorative Eddie Fullerton badge, the production of an online video tribute to Eddie and the online streaming of the TG4 documentary ‘Fullerton’ followed by panel discussion.

Commenting on the events, Maria Doherty of Donegal Sinn Féin, Tírchonaill Commemoration Committee said; “Though it is now 30 years since Eddie Fullerton was taken from us, he continues to inspire republicans across Donegal, throughout Ireland and further afield. He was a political giant in Donegal at a time when it was very difficult to be a republican. He was beloved in his hometown of Buncrana and is still remembered fondly to this day.

“Sadly, that would be his downfall however as it was this popularity which made him a target. His assassins sought to demoralise the freedom struggle and silence those who dreamt of a better Ireland. Though they succeeded in taking Eddie from us, his legacy lives on as the political movement he helped grow within Donegal County Council is now bigger stronger than ever.”

She continued: “During normal circumstances, large crowds from across the political spectrum would gather to pay tribute to Eddie; as was done to mark his 25th anniversary, but due to the pandemic restrictions, our main tributes will be online.

“This however will provide an opportunity for a much wider audience to join us in remembering our friend and comrade, and to send a message to the British and Irish establishments that he is not forgotten and our demand for truth and justice remain as strong today as they did 30 years ago.”