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(en) UK, AF, Organise #60 - Obituary: Michael McLaughlin

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Sun, 25 May 2003 09:02:49 +0200 (CEST)

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The tragic death, aged 34, of our comrade Michael
McLaughlin came as a great shock to the Anarchist
Federation in Scotland and beyond.

Although a libertarian for several years, Michael had
only been an active militant of the AF-Alba for about a
year but in that time we quickly grew to realise that he
was a comrade of great conviction. And a really good

Always practically minded, Michael took a major role
in the organisation of the AF sponsored Anarchist
Dayschool in Glasgow last November and was
involved in the AF at all levels of the organisation.
Many comrades have happy memories of Michael
from last years National Conference. He was the kind
of person who immediately made those around him
feel comfortable and valued. He was the kind of
person who inspired confidence. When he said he'd
do something it generally got done. We could do with
a few more of his kind.

Michael was active in his workplace and was a Health
and Safety Rep with the MSF union and also a
member of the Clydeside branch of the Industrial
Workers of the World. If things were happening he
was generally in the thick of it. His commitment to his
social revolutionary politics was rivalled only by his
enthusiasm for his beloved Celtic. His first AF
meeting was followed by a visit to Parkhead with
another AF Celtic-heid (the other three comrades
went to Firhill as I remember!).

Michael's funeral took place In Buncrana,
Co.Donegal, from whence his family came. We will
remember him and carry on the struggle.

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