Dolours Price: You have triumphed in the end -- Ó
The untimely passing of Dolours Price is a moment in Republican history.
Born into a staunch Republican household in Belfast she
came under the influence of her father, Albert Price,
who was active in the 1940s and was imprisoned, and her
aunt Bridie Dolan who was severely injured when a
grenade she was handling exploded prematurely.
With the birth of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s, Dolours was to
the fore in all activities. When the struggle escalated
and internment without trial was brought in, she and her
sister Marion joined the Republican Movement. There
followed activity in London and prolonged imprisonment
and hunger strike.
This last development was met by force-feeding for more
then 200 days until demands for relocation to the Six
Counties were met, but were not implemented for more
than two years. It is certain that the brutality of the
protracted force-feeding had grievous effects on Dolours
both mentally and physically. It surely brought about an
early release for both sisters. Dolours rejected what
she saw as "a surrender process" from the outset. When
Agreement was signed in 1998, she visited the Ard-Oifig
of Republican Sinn Féin in Dublin and made her position
clear. By attending the subsequent Ard-Fheis of
Republican Sinn Féin she nailed her colours to the mast.
When attending the 25th anniversary in Ballina of the
death on hunger strike of Frank Stagg in 2001, she spoke
at the grave of an old friend and comrade, Jackie
Clarke. Here she made her stand once more.
In more recent times she publicly attacked what she saw
as deceit, hypocrisy and public lying in high places. She
exposed it relentlessly. She saw all that as a
contradiction to the mountain of sacrifice that had been
made over the decades. She herself had contributed more
than her share and she was outraged at the developments.
Never did she participate in deceit, hypocrisy or public
lying. She will be remembered --- cuimhneofar ort,
a Dholours ---You have triumphed in the end.
Sincere sympathy is expressed to her sisters Marian and
Clare and to her two sons, Danny and Oscar.
Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, Eanáir 27, 2013.