Guest writer Helen McClafferty with a short piece on Gerry McGeough's homecoming after some years in a British prison.
It was such a pleasure to be in County Tyrone to celebrate Gerry’sfreedom and to finally meet the co-chairs of the Free Gerry McGeough campaignwho have done such a fantastic job in keeping Gerry’s plight in the forefront of the media and never stopped lobbying politicians in the Dail, Stormont, Westminster and the Government of Catalonia.
Congratulations to Damian Herron - Northern Chair. Brian Halpin - Dublin Chair. Luz Retuerta – CataloniaChair and Moya St. Leger – London Chair, on a campaign well run.
A special thank you to Eamon O’Cuiv, TD Fianna Fail, whocourageously took on the responsibility as the International Chairman of theFree Gerry McGeough Campaign. To Pat Ramsey, MLA SDLP, who worked hard toensure that Gerry, as well as the other political prisoners, were treated with dignity and did what he could to help bring about a settlement to the protestsin Maghaberry prison. To Emmet Doyle, Mr. Ramsey’s adviser, who always followed up in a timely fashion to address any infringements upon Gerry’s rights whilein prison, especially when it came to ensuring Gerry received his heart medication on time and on a consistent basis. To Mayor Jordi San Jose Buenaventura of Sant Feliu de Llobregat, responsible for getting a motion passed unanimously by all 21 members of his party calling for the immediate release of Gerry McGeough.
To the numerous Irish Americans who supported the Free Gerry McGeough campaign from day one including John McDonagh, Sandy Boyer and Liza Butler of WBAI Radio Free Eireann, Pam Somers who designed the freegerry.com website and helped to keep it updated on a regular basis for almost 6 years, and to Martin Galvin whose legal advice and input was invaluable throughout the campaign.
To the AOH in America and others who were so generous and consistent in their support of Gerry’s family over the years. To Anthony and Carrie McIntyre of The Pensive Quill whose writings are mightier than the sword. To the AOH Tyrone County Board, the National Board of Erin and to all those here and afar who campaigned relentlessly to help free Gerry and who are still campaigning to highlight the plight of those prisoners still unjustlyincarcerated by the British Government, I say "THANK YOU". It has been my pleasure to work with all of you over the years as the U.S. Chairperson of the Free Gerry McGeough campaign.