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Former friends of Sinn Fein president dies in New York

Mr Cullen, who was in his 70S, was a former US army general and human rights lawyer who campaigned for causes in Northern Ireland
Andrew Madden

GERRY Adams has paid tribute to Jim Cullen, the former president of Friends of Sinn Féin in America, who died on Friday night at his home in New York.

Mr Cullen, who was in his 70s, was a former US army general and human rights lawyer who campaigned for causes in Northern Ireland.

He served as Sinn Féin's legal representative in the US and took over as president of Friends of Sinn Féin in 2012. He stepped down from the role this year.

"Jim was a distinguished human rights lawyer and a former general in the United States Army having been drafted as a young man," Mr Adams said.

"He was born in New York but his heart was in Offaly, where his mother came from and that bond remained till his death.

"He has made a huge contribution to the promotion of human and civil rights in America, Ireland and indeed around the world. He will be sadly missed and mourned by his many friends in America and Ireland."

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