The Courage of A Child
Mr. Eamon O'Cuiv of the Fianna Fail party along with Gerry McGeough's daughter, Una McGeough, and members of The Free Gerry McGeough campaign from northeast Ireland, held a press conference in Dublin on Thursday, April 5th. The press conference was reported in the Irish Times.
In addition to the press conference, letters of support for McGeough's release were sent from Monsignor Raymond Murray, Fr. Des Wilson of Conway Mill, Fr. Sean McManus of the Irish National Caucus, Pat Ramsey, MLA of the SDLP, Alban Maginness MLA (SDLP).
The Free Gerry McGeough campaign is focused on the immediate release of Gerry McGeough and having outstanding issues with regards to paragraph 20 of the Weston Park Accord (2001) implemented fully through legislation and in the spirit of the Good Friday Agreement.
Had paragraph 20 been implemented as agreed, Gerry would never have been pursued or incarcerated in Maghaberry prison.
The Good Friday Agreement will have been signed 14 years ago, this Tuesday, the 10th April. At this stage of the peace process, no-one should be pursued or sentenced for activities prior to the signing of that agreement.
Across Ireland, 2,119,549 people voted in favour of peace. No government and no political party, for whatever reason, has a right to undermine the democratic wish of those people.
Yet here, in Dublin, 14 years into the peace process, Una, an 11 year old child, still in primary school, who was not born when the peace agreements were signed, stood at a press conference today asking for her father to be brought home to his family.
It was Gerry's daughter Una’s wish to speak at today’s press conference. She asked to speak on behalf of her family, her brothers Cormac and Lorcan, her sister Nora and her parents Gerry and Maria.
Una showed great courage in what she did today. Those people, within government, whose responsibility it is to ensure a genuine peace, now need to show that same courage.
There will be a benefit for the McGeough Family on Saturday, May 19th at O'Lunney's Times Square Pub 145 W. 45th Street (btwn Broadway & 6th Ave) NYC. Entertainment and complementary buffet. Cash bar. Admission $20.00.
You can purchase your tickets in advance (or at the door). Please come out to support this benefit for Gerry McGeough's wife and 4 children.
Helen McClafferty Tim Myles
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