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Activist and Hooded Men victim PJ McClean has died

Community and social activitist PJ McClean from Beragh, who was also one of the Hooded Men tortured during internment, has died at the age of 85.

Mr McClean passed away peacefully on Friday morning at his home surrounded by his wife Annie (nee Hackett) and his loving children.

A statement from the family read, “During his life time he was a Civil Rights activist, twice interned in prison, Crumlin Road in the 1950’s and Long Kesh in 1971 (where he was one of those singled out for ‘special treatment’ in a case that was to become known as ‘The Hooded Men”).

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“He was a primary school teacher all his working life and tireless advocate for those in the community, whatever their religion, who experienced hardship, were ignored or forgotten or seen as less than because of addiction, mental health problems or lack of education. He recognised that the inequalities and the injustices that people suffered were not split along religious lines in Northern Ireland but on the lines of those who had and had not.”

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