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Paying our sympathies to Jo Cox MP

Posted on June 21, 2016 at 07:11 PM

Today our Party Leader Brendan Howlin spoke in the Dáil chamber expressing sympathy on the murder of Jo Cox and offering our Party's sympathy to her family and to colleagues in The Labour Party


As others did last week I travelled with Deputy Seán Sherlock TD to Liverpool to campaign for the United Kingdom to remain in the EU.

During the day, we met with Irish community groups, business leaders, and people going about their days. The sun shone for a while. And it rained for a while. It felt like home. As you would expect during a campaign, some people disagreed with us, while others agreed.

While we were campaigning in Liverpool, Jo Cox, a Labour MP, was shot and stabbed in Birstall – just 70 miles from where we were campaigning. Word came through that she had died. It was very emotional.

Jo was 41 years old. A wife and parent of two young children. And a lifelong campaigner for Labour values. It was for her campaigning work that she was killed. It was for her campaigning and her politics she was killed.

She will live long in all our memories now including those who never heard of her until that day.

Her death inspires us to redouble our efforts to combat extremism and hatred in all it's forms We can have very strong views in our political lives but we should have those views in the boundary of decency. I think that is the inspirational message Jo left us with. May she Rest in Peace.

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