In May 2014 he stood as an Independent candidate in the Castle electoral area in the election for Belfast City Council and then in May 2015 he stood as an Independent for the North Belfast seat at Westminster.
|Masked members of the INLA marching in the funeral|
I attended the funeral today of Peggy O'Hara at the Long Tower Chapel in Doire in the company of about 1000 mourners. With an honour guard of several hundred led by a lone piper with beautiful singing in the church and pitch perfect piping laments by Pol MacAdaim it was a fitting tribute to a woman, a legacy and a family who gave so much in the struggle for Irish National Liberation. An inspiring grave side oration left all those in attendance in no doubt of Peggy O Hara's commitment steadfastness and principle as a mother, an activist, as a revolutionary leader. There are not many funerals like Peggy's because there are not many people like Peggy, a woman I never met but whose revolutionary zeal will infuse generations to come.
Rest in Peace Mrs O'Hara, a huge loss to her community and the national struggle, a woman possessed of an irrepressible spirit. My condolences, thoughts and prayers are with her family, comrades and friends, who will miss her most. A friend commented that Thatcher wasn't the real Iron Lady, it was the mothers of the hunger strikers. Tommy you are 100% correct. Peggy, mother of INLA hunger striker Patsy O'Hara has been reunited with her gallant son whom she lost in 1981 in the H Blocks of Long Kesh. Mother and son, two rebels united in struggle now reunited in death. ~And you dare call me a terrorist while you look down your guns, when I think of all the deeds that you have done. You have plundered many nations, divided many lands, you have terrorised their people, you've ruled with an iron hand, And you brought this (800 year) reign of terror to my land! The O'Haras fought against injustice, oppression and occupation. Courage has many names but today I remember two most of all, Patsy and Peggy O'Hara. At peace at last.