Tragedy strikes advocate for undocumented Irish living in USA

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Sunday, April 8th, 2012

Ciaran Staunton pictured with his young son Rory who died suddenly last weekend

Newry and Mourne Sinn Féin Councillor Pat McGinn has expressed his sympathy to the family of 12 year old Rory Staunton from the Queens District of New York, who died last weekend after a short illness. Rory’s father Ciaran has been involved with the issue of the Undocumented Irish living in the USA for many years. Newry Times has reported extensively over the past several months about the undocumented Irish living in America and the possibility of a new bill being introduced to help those currently in the country. Speaking to Newry Times, McGinn commented, “My deepest sympathy goes to Ciaran and his wife Orlaith on the tragic loss of their young son. Ciaran, a native of Mayo, has for many years been involved with the plight of the Undocumented Irish living in the USA and is well known to many locals from this area. He is respected as a prominent business man.” He added, “Rory’s mother Orlaith is a sister of Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd, Louth County Councillor Michael O’Dowd and the Irish Voice Publisher Niall O’Dowd who is based in New York City. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all at this terrible time.”
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