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21/09/2021

Giant of Civil Rights movement Ivan Cooper passes away

IVAN COOPER
Ivan Cooper, one of the most prominent figures of the Civil Rights movement and a founding member of the SDLP has passed away. SDLP leader Colum Eastwood has led the tributes Mr Cooper and said: "Ivan Cooper was born to break the mould. A working class Protestant man who saw a common injustice and inequality that had taken root in Protestant and Catholic communities, he dedicated his life to fighting it. “Anyone who knew Ivan knows that his selfless passion for justice continued to burn brightly into his later years. His unwavering belief that people on this island should come together to fight for common ideals and in their common interest is a lesson for us all. Especially as we face political division today.   “I want to express my deepest sympathies to Ivan’s wife Frances, his daughters Sinead and Bronagh and his entire family circle at this difficult time."

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