Sunday 24 March 2019

Political activist Bennis (78) to be laid to rest

Pro-life campaigner: Nora Bennis formed the Solidarity Movement in 1994, and was a prominent voice of opposition to divorce and abortion. Photo: Press 22
Pro-life campaigner: Nora Bennis formed the Solidarity Movement in 1994, and was a prominent voice of opposition to divorce and abortion. Photo: Press 22

David Raleigh

Well-known political activist and pro-life campaigner Nora Bennis is to be laid to rest in her native Limerick tomorrow following her death on Monday after a short illness.

The 78-year-old mother of four, from the North Circular Road, was known as a formidable political opponent who championed Catholic values.

Ms Bennis, whose late husband Gerry was a member of the legendary Bennis hurling dynasty from Patrickswell, "died peacefully" in University Hospital Limerick.

She unsuccessfully contested for a seat in the Dáil in 1997, a 1998 by-election, 2002 and 2016. She formed the Solidarity Movement in 1994, and was a prominent voice of opposition to divorce.

In 1995, Ms Bennis led Solidarity members in a 24-hour fast and day of prayer in their homes, calling for a boycott of a Limerick sex shop. A determined anti-abortion campaigner, she also founded the National Party.

Ms Bennis's remains will lay in repose in Griffin's Funeral Home, John's Gate, Limerick, from 5pm to 7pm today, followed by her removal at 7pm to Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Ennis Road. Requiem Mass will take place at 11am tomorrow with burial in St Mary's (New) Cemetery, Patrickswell.

Irish Independent

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