Latest road victim was IRA hunger striker’s brother


A 67-year-old man who died following a road crash in south Armagh last night was the brother of IRA hunger striker Raymond McCreesh.

Patsy McCreesh from the Meigh area was involved in the collision between a car and a lorry on the Forkhill Road shortly before 7pm.

The road reopened on Saturday morning.

He is the eighth person to die on Northern Ireland’s roads in 2014.

Sinn Féin MP Conor Murphy said Patsy was a brother of hunger striker Raymond, who died in 1981.

“The McCreesh family are held in the highest esteem in Camlough, in South Armagh and across Ireland and I am very saddened that such heartbreak should visit this family,” he said.

“I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to Patsy’s brothers and sisters and to his entire circle of family and friends. I know that the community of South Armagh will come together to offer their support at this time.”

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh, Dominic Bradley said he was shocked and saddended to hear of another road death so soon in to the new year.

“I am shocked and saddened by the news another person has lost their life on our roads here in South Armagh within the space of just over a week,” he said.

“Patsy McCreesh was a man of deep faith, and was very well liked in the local community for his pleasant and friendly disposition.

“My immediate thoughts are with Patsy’s family and, on behalf of the community, I extend my deepest sympathy to them.

“The last few weeks have brought great sadness to many homes due to road traffic accidents and I would like to underline the message given by Environment Minister “Environment Minister) Mark H Durkan has said that we all must exercise the utmost caution at all times on our roads.”