Pat Cannon Commemorated
Around 150 people assembled at Darndale in Dublin on Saturday for the 24th annual Volunteer Pat Cannon Commemoration, which was addressed by Sinn Féin Árd Chomhairle member Martin Ferris.
Pat Cannon was a Volunteer in the Dublin Brigade of Óglaigh na hÉireann who was killed on active service in 1976, along with fellow Volunteer Peter McElcar. They died when an explosive device they were transporting across the Tyrone border exploded prematurely.
The commemoration proceeded to Balgriffin Cemetery led by a colour party and the Smith, Harford, Doherty Republican Pipe Band.
Councillor Ferris paid tribute to the ``tremendous contribution given by the families of dead IRA Volunteers, Sinn Féin activists and by the Volunteers and activists themselves''. He said that their contribution had led to the current political situation, where, he said, we are ``on the threshold of moving towards a lasting peace''
Ferris criticised the current Policing Bill being promoted by the British Government and accused them of compromising the Patten Report to ``appease rejectionists''.