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Republicans mourn Jimmy Drumm

``Jimmy Drumm will be missed by republicans everywhere,'' said Sinn Féin Prewsident Gery Adams on Wednesday, reacting to news that the veteran Belfast republican had died.

Adams expressed his condolences and those of republicans everywhere to the Drumm family and went on to commend the significant role played by Drumm in this present phase of the struggle and in previous decades, when he was imprisoned for a long period of time.

Drumm, who was in his 80s, died after a long illness on Wednesday 18 July.

``Jimmy played a major role over a very long period and was involved in the struggle for a united Ireland right up to his passing,'' said Adams.

Jimmy Drumm was imprisoned for decades by the British government and before that by the old Unionist regime and suffered greatly when his wife Máire was shot dead by a loyalist death squad while she lay in her bed in Belfast's Mater Hospital. Máire was vice-President of Sinn Féin at the time her killing.

``Whether as a soldier, prisoner, political activist or friend, Jimmy gave his fullest. He was an inspiration to younger generations of republicans. Those of us who were privileged to know him well will mourn his passing deeply.''

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