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Sinn Fein's Anderson hails 'inspiring' Provo Mairead Farrell, shot in Gibraltar

By Staff Reporter

A Sinn Fein MEP has said she was "inspired" by Mairead Farrell, one of the IRA terrorists shot dead by the SAS in Gibraltar.

Martina Anderson, who was jailed for 13 years for conspiring to cause explosions, paid tribute to the would-be bomber on Twitter.

Farrell, who would have been 61 on Saturday, was one of three members of an unarmed Provisional IRA 'active service' unit shot dead on the Rock in 1988.

They had planned to bomb a parade of the Royal Anglian Regiment in the centre of the territory two days later.

Ms Anderson wrote: "Inspired by her back in the day and now. Mairead Farrell is still with us at every meeting we do, every step forward we take.

"Gone but never forgotten.

"Comrade Mairead Farrell's birthday would have been today."

The message was retweeted by former Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams.

In reply to the tweet, Mid Ulster Sinn Fein councillor Niamh Doris wrote: "Every time I feel like I'm having a difficult time at work I put on an interview from Mairead Farrell and just reflect on how she and so many others paved the way for me."

Meanwhile, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has been slammed after it was revealed he has a plaque commemorating republican hunger strikers on the wall of his office.

The 'H-Block Martyrs 1981' plaque hangs in the Labour MP's study in Hayes, it emerged in an interview he gave to the Financial Times.

North Belfast DUP councillor Dale Pankhurst described the news as "disgusting, though unsurprising".

Former Tory Cabinet Minister Lord Tebbit, whose wife was paralysed in the 1984 IRA Brighton bombing, said yesterday that Mr McDonnell had been "caught out again".

"It only confirms the closeness of IRA killers with some parts of the Labour Party," Mr Tebbit said.

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