TD’s Aunt IRA election poster sells for €2,100

A TD declined to comment after an election poster of his eponymous IRA aunt sold for more than 20 times its high estimate at auction.

Airéad Farrell, the Sinn Féin TD for Galway West, is a niece of the Provisional IRA member of the same name who was shot without warning in Gibraltar on March 6, 1988.

An election poster for Ms Farrell from the Dáil’s 1981 ‘hunger strike’ election campaign was up for sale at a timed online auction by Whyte last Saturday.

It carried an estimate of €80 to €100.

Instead, it sold over 20 times, for €2,100 before the buyer’s premium and VAT were added, which will push it past €2,500.

Ms Farrell is now the same age as her aunt when she died, aged 31, along with IRA members Seán Savage and Daniel McCann, after a hidden SAS squad opened fire on the Rock as they were doing a reconnaissance.

It is believed that the unarmed IRA trio were spotting a possible IRA car bomb during the changing of the guard ceremony.

The ensuing investigation into the killings turned into a trial of an alleged British government policy of shoot to kill in relation to Republican paramilitaries at home and abroad.

While the inquest decided by a margin of nine to two that the trio were lawfully killed, the European Court of Human Rights ruled in 1995 that all three were unlawfully killed.

In 1981, Ms. Farrell ran for the Republican election.

She ran in Cork North Central, garnering 2,751 votes, or 6% of the valid poll.

Her niece TD said she saw “no angle for me to comment on this”.


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