by Roisin McManus

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has paid tribute to local party veteran Marie Moore who is set to be honoured by the party at a gala event this Saturday.

Marie is due to receive recognition for her lifelong commitment to the republican struggle at an event organised by the Céad Bliain Committee to commemorate the party’s 100th anniversary.

It is expected that around 1,000 quests will attend the event at Dublin’s Citywest Hotel. The night will include a four course meal and music by the Irish Sopranos and the James Peake Experience.

Other party members to be honoured on the night include Eileen Shiels (Leinster), Brendan Mohan (Connaught/Uladh), Eddie Collins (Munster), Lucilita Bhreachnach (Dublin) and John Gawned (Australia).

Councillor Moore has served 13 years on Belfast City Council. A life long republican, Marie was the first Sinn Féin Deputy Mayor of Belfast and served from 1999-2000. She has been involved in local politics since 1969.

During her political career Marie has been involved in tackling a range of issues including housing, women’s health, anti-social behaviour, child welfare and equality.

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said that Marie Moore has played a significant role in the development of Sinn Féin both locally and nationally for over three decades.

“During the difficult days of the prison protests Marie was the head of the PoW Department,” said the Sinn Féin President.

“This honour is a reflection on the high esteem in which Marie is held by republicans across the island and is a recognition of the pivotal role she has played over such a long period. From the day as a young girl when she witnessed the arrest of Tom Williams, through lean times for republicans and into the Civil Rights Movement of the late 1960s and through to the point we are at today, Marie Moore has been there providing leadership and offering assistance.”

Mr Adams said that the award is also a recognition for Marie’s family who have also had to endure much hardship over the years for their commitment to the republican struggle.

“I am looking forward to the evening in Dublin when republicans the length and breadth of Ireland and beyond will gather to pay a unique tribute to Marie and the other nominees,” he added.

Journalist:: Roisin McManus