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Troubles victims unite for Dublin tribute

By Staff Reporter

Victims of terrorism from Northern Ireland, the Republic and Britain came together to share experiences as they launched a commemorative quilt remembering those killed in the Troubles.

At a reception in Trinity College Dublin under the theme 'Terrorism Knows No Borders', one of the speakers Dr Finian Fallon, a son of Garda Richard Fallon, who was murdered in Dublin by a republican gang, said victims in the Republic often felt forgotten by the State.

Craig Agar, son of murdered British soldier Thomas Agar, also spoke of feeling left behind.

He said: "As a Great Britainbased victim I am also deeply frustrated at the lack of support options for my family and others like us.

"But for the support we have been given by our friends in Northern Ireland we would know little of the rights and entitlements that we have. The public in Great Britain by and large fail to relate to issues connected to the Troubles."

The event was organised by the South East Fermanagh Foundation (SEFF).

SEFF spokesman Kenny Donaldson added: "Memorial quilts have a long history in commemoration and play an important part in bringing communities together and of humanising those who have been murdered - they get behind the badge and the stereotype and uncover the individual person."

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