“Shocked and saddened” at death of Sean Morrin

The late Sean Morrin
The late Sean Morrin

Tributes have been paid to Derry trade unionist and gay rights campaigner Sean Morrin.

Mr Morrin, a founding member of Foyle Pride and well known for his work with The Rainbow Project, passed away on Saturday.

He was 48.

Derry’s MP Mark Durkan said he was deeply saddened to learn of Mr Morrin’s death.

““Sean was not just a strong public campaigner but also a sound counsellor helping many individuals and families.

“The difference he made, the understanding he generated and the confidence he built were not confined to the gay community but were about enabling all of us to have fuller, better, happier lives.

“He didn’t just want people to be liberated and proud in their sexuality – he wanted all of us to be free from prejudice, fear and intolerant shame.

“Sean brightened our life and broadened our understanding. His sad death robs us – but his honest, hopeful life has left a legacy of betterment.

“He made a real difference for the reality of difference, and stood up for the integrity of the individual. We can all remember him with pride.”

Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson said she was “shocked and saddened”.

“I have worked with Sean over many years in regards to his role in the Rainbow Project and hosted events at the Assembly .

“He was a tireless campaigner for equality, human rights and the most marginalised in our community.I would like to pass on my sympathy to his family and friends at this time, they are in our thoughts and prayers.

SDLP MLA Colum Eastwood said Mr Morrin had been a tireless campaigner “especially at times in our past when it was very difficult to do such work.”