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Monday 22 May 2017

Irish tributes for slain MP Jo Cox

Brendan Cox, the widower of MP Jo Cox, and their two children Cuillin (5) and Lejla (3) prepare to join a floating commemoration at Hermitage Moorings on the River Thames, where the family lived on a houseboat Photo: Jack Taylor/Getty
Brendan Cox, the widower of MP Jo Cox, and their two children Cuillin (5) and Lejla (3) prepare to join a floating commemoration at Hermitage Moorings on the River Thames, where the family lived on a houseboat Photo: Jack Taylor/Getty

Ciara Treacy

British MP Jo Cox was remembered as "the sort of person the world needs more of" at a gathering at Dublin's Ha'penny Bridge yesterday.

The event was held to coincide with a series of worldwide events to mark what would have been Ms Cox's 42nd birthday, under the title 'More in Common'.

A minute's silence took place to remember the mother-of-two who was murdered last week outside a constituency surgery. Attendees then signed a message board promising they would 'love like Jo'.

Jamie Drummond, co-founder of advocacy foundation One which helped to organise the memorial, paid tribute to his close friend.

"She was a very vivacious, bubbly, dynamic, passionate activist who went from being an activist on the outside with Oxfam to being an activist on the inside as a Labour MP and as a person who listened to her constituents and fought for them," he said.

"At the same time she was fighting for refugees on the other side of the planet, which I think is a noble cause and at the heart of what 21st century politics needs to be more about.

"She embodied the best of public life, as well as being the best kind of individual you would ever want to meet. She is the sort of person the world needs more of."

Irish Independent

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