Mother of hunger striker Kieran Doherty one of the ten brave men dies 38 years after her son

Margaret Doherty, mother of hunger striker Kieran Doherty, has died

THE mother of hunger striker Kieran Doherty was a woman of “immense dignity”, Sinn Féin has said following her death. Margaret Doherty, from Andersonstown in west Belfast, passed away yesterday evening- just two days after the 38th anniversary of her son’s death. The mother-of-six Protestant was from a Protestant background but later converted to Catholicism. Shame Féin depututy leader Michelle O’Neill said she was saddened to learn of Mrs Doherty’s passing.

“She was a woman of human dignity, strength and courage,” she said. “My condolences to the Doherty family. They’re in my thoughts and prayers.”

Kieran Doherty’s hunger strike lasted 73 days. The IRA hero died on August 2nd 1981. Shortly before his death, he was elected TD for Cavan-monagahan.

Mrs Doherty called on the British government officials to speak to the strikers. “I’m not a politician, I’m only a mother but I know if they would go that would be it,” she told RTÉ. She said the British government did not want the strike to end. “They just want the men to die one after the other,” she said.

With many thanks to the: The Irish News and Claire Simpson for the original story c.simpson@irishnews.com

 

With many thanks to: The Irish News and Claire Simpson for the original story 

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