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Principled Ivan more than simply a civil rights leader

Editor's Viewpoint

Ivan Cooper, who has died, was a man of great courage, putting his life on the line for the principles he believed in and campaigned unceasingly for. A Protestant, he recognised the injustices of gerrymandering, the withholding of voting rights and other partisan policies by the unionist government at Stormont. And he decided to do something about it. He joined the NI Civil Rights Association, a move which earned him the label Lundy from some of his co-religionists, but even death threats did not deter him from doing what was right.

He was also a founder of the SDLP but he wanted to be remembered as a civil rights leader - a proud title for a passionate activist.

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