A vigil to commemorate republican hunger strikers Kevin Lynch and Kieran Doherty was held on the quay in New Ross town this evening. Around fifty republicans took part in the event which was organised by the local H-Blocks Martyrs and Cullen/Hayden Sinn Féin cumainn.
Kevin Lynch was the eight republican to join the 1981 H-Block hunger strike for political status on the 23rd of May, following the death of Patsy O’ Hara. From Dungiven in County Derry, Kevin was just twenty five years old when he died on the first of August.
Kieran Doherty from Belfast had joined the hunger strike as a replacement for Raymond McCreesh. It was the second time he had been forced to go on hunger strike, being briefly part of the original 1980 strike. The twenty five year old was elected to Leinster House for the Cavan/Monaghan constituency with 9,121 first preference votes while on the protest in June. He finished only 303 votes behind the then-sitting Minister of Education. He died on the second of August.
Among those who gathered in New Ross for this evenings vigil were Wexford Councillor Anthony Kelly and the Chairperson of County Wexford Sinn Féin, Oisin O’ Connell. Further vigils are planned to mark the anniversaries of Thomas McElwee and Mickey Devine later this month.
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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.