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Gery Lawless 1936 – 2012

January 29, 2012
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A couple of links below to obituaries of Gery Lawless who died last week:

Irish Times

Organized Rage

Readers of this blog may have their own memories of and anecdotes about Gery. Please feel free to share them here.

Here is a link to a tribute to Gery from Gerry Adams: http://en-gb.connect.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=288228101232101  Since Facebook is something of an ephemeral medium, I post the message in full below:

Adams extends condolences to family of Gery Lawless

by Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams on Sunday, 29 January 2012 at 18:41

January 29th 2011

Adams extends condolences to family of Gery Lawless

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has extended his sympathies and condolences to the family of Gery Lawless who died in London on Saturday.

Mr. Adams said:

“It was with great sadness that I have heard the news of the death of Gery Lawless.

On behalf of Sinn Fein I want to extend my sincere condolences to his wife Anette, daughters Kerry and Siobhán, and son Stephen, and his many friends and comrades.

Gery was interned in the 1950’s and successfully challenged the Dublin government’s use of internment in support of the unionist junta at Stormont. In the Sixties and Seventies he remained in solidarity with the republican struggle, was involved with the civil rights movement both in the six counties and in the Irish Civil Rights Solidarity Movement in Britain.

Gery Lawless was a life-long republican, trade unionist, socialist and political activist. He was committed to justice and peace in Ireland and worked tirelessly on behalf of the Irish and the British working class.

He was prominent in many organizations against British imperialism, including the Anti-Internment League, but was also an important founding member of the Troops Out Movement and brought delegations to the North, including trades councils to see for themselves the repression that was being carried out in the name of the British people.

He was active in the Irish Workers Group and the International Marxist Group.  He also worked for the Sunday World newspaper.

In his varied activism and in his journalism he reflected his passionate belief in the right of oppressed people to be free. He was a colourful character who never baulked at placing himself at the coal face or at the front of a baton charge! I am not sure if it is an apocryphal story but it is one that sums up something of his character. At one Troops Out March Geri and the other demonstrators were opposed by hundreds of National Front thugs, baying for blood. Gery said to his comrades: ‘You watch the police – and I’ll watch the National Front.’

His death will leave a huge gap in the lives of his family and friends and comrades but they can take comfort from knowing that in his life he helped many others and was genuinely liked and respected by friends and political opponents alike.

Go ndeanfaidh dia trocaire ar a n’anam dílis.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Keith permalink
    February 22, 2012 11:34 pm

    Obituary of Gery Lawless by D.R.O’Connor Lysaght

    http://www.socialistdemocracy.org/RecentArticles/RecentMemoriesOfGeryLawless.html

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