MP Mickey Brady has paid tribute to Crossmaglen woman Toni Carragher who passed away in the Southern Area Hospice.

Mr Brady said that the late Toni  (Antoinette) will be remembered as "a strong immensely able woman".

Toni whose death was announced by her family earlier today had been a prominent voice  as secretary of the South Armagh Farmers and Residents Committee which had campaigned for the demilitarisation of South Armagh by the British Army.

Toni Carragher
Toni Carragher

The MP said,

"Toni played a key role in highlighting the huge concerns of our communities about the military occupation of the south Armagh area.

"She never backed down, fought her corner and represented those who had placed their faith in her."

The Newry and Armagh MP concluded

“Toni believed passionately in the rights of citizens and she brought that passion to all of her work. She was an unapologetic united Irelander. A woman of compassion and life long community activist - who believed in equality and in citizens' rights."

My sincerest sympathies and that of my colleagues to the grieving family and friends.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam

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