Republicans have expressed their shock and sadness in Derry this evening at the news of the sudden death of former IRA man Donnacha Mac Niallais.
Donnacha Mac Niallais was a former Blanketman and chairperson of the Bogside Residents’ Group.
In the late 1990s, the BRG helped to negotiate an end to contentious parades in the city with the Apprentice Boys of Derry.
He was also the son of Billy and former Sinn Féin Derry City Councillor and Foyle MLA, Mary Nelis.
Robin Percival of the Pat Finucane Centre tweeted this evening: “Just heard the devastating news of the death of Donncha Mac Niallais this morning.
“Donncha was the spokesperson for the Bogside Residents Group which negotiated an accommodation with the Apprentice Boys covering their two annual parades in Derry.
“Thoughts are with his family.”Tags: