Gerry Adams has launched a new publication about Inishowen Councillor Eddie Fullerton.
The book was launched in Buncrana last night, on the anniversary of the assassination of Mr Fullerton at his home in 1991.
Adams, who has a series of texts and podcasts called ‘Leargas’ has included the story of Eddie’s activism and death.
‘Councillor Eddie Fullerton: Visionary. Patriot. Martyr’ was unveiled at a very well-attended event in the Lake of Shadows Hotel.
It was standing room only for the launch, which heard from Padraig MacLochlainn TD, Amanda Fullerton and Gerry Adams. A presentation was made to Eddie’s wife, Dinah and his daughters.
Donegal Councillor Eddie Fullerton was shot and killed by a UDA death squad acting in collusion with British state forces on 25 May 1991.
In his new book, former Sinn Fein leader Adams tells the story of Eddie from his birth in 1935, through his formative years in Inis Eoghan, his journey to Scotland and England, his marriage to Dinah and his return to Donegal.
The book recounts his activism as a Sinn Féin Councillor and his killing by the UDA.
Gerry Adams writes: “I was privileged to know Eddie. He was a friend. He was a proud Donegal man, and in public life a County Councillor. Eddie lived just outside Buncrana at Cockhill. He was married to Dinah. They had six children; Johnny, Marina, Albert, Amanda, Anita and Eddie.”
The former Uachtarán Shinn Féin describes Eddie as “enormously courageous, self-effacing, funny, and fearless, and tireless in his efforts on behalf of the people of Donegal and in defence of the people of rural Ireland. He was a visionary who understood the importance of planning for the future: whether that was standing up and arguing for Irish unity and against British violence in the North, or as an advocate for better housing and health provision, or for a reservoir to provide much needed clean water for the people of Inis Eoghain.”