Cllr Anthony Kelly led a minutes silence at a vigil held in memory of Kevin Lynch this evening in Redmond Square, Wexford town. A large crowd of republicans had gathered to honour the hunger striker who died thirty years ago today.
Kevin Lynch was a twenty five year old republican prisoner from Park, near Dungiven in Derry when he sacrificed his life in the pursuit of basic rights for himself and his comrades. A keen sportsman, his local hurling team was renamed in his honour after his death.
A broad age group of republicans attended the vigil this evening. Some remember full well those terrible days when the hunger strikers were allowed die by two indifferent governments, while others there had not even been born at that time. Nine Sinn Féin cumainn from across the county were represented at the vigil.
Cllr Kelly reminded everyone that Wexford Sinn Féin will be holding a vigil in memory of Kieran Doherty tomorrow evening at 7pm in Taghmon.
Our country is on its knees. 1% of the population own 34% of its wealth. 18.5% of households are at risk of poverty. 455,000 people are unemployed. Benefits are in danger of being slashed. We're fighting to change that. Its your fight so dont turn your back on it.
Sinn Féin are fighting to stop downgrading of Wexford General Hospital
Join the fight and secure a hospital for your family and community
Wexford Sinn Féin have been running a campaign to highlight the problems at Wexford General Hospital for nearly ten years. In this time, we have organised protests, delivered petitions to leinster house and helped the independent "save our A&E" campaign. We have also been voicing opposition to the planned removal of Wexfords full time psychiatric unit at St. Senans.
Wexford hospital is now being downgraded through a series of stealth moves by the HSE. The HSE are moving ahead with their plan to move our psychiatric unit to Waterford. These moves will cost lives!
We will continue to fight for retention of health services, and continue to highlight the HSE's mismanagement of Wexfords health service.