Clara Reilly Interview

Clara Reilly Interview

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Clara Reilly was born in 1939. She talks about growing up in a nationalist republican family. Her father, James Burns, was interned in the 1940’s. Clara recalls joining the Association for Legal Justice after her father was interned for the second time in 1971. She talks about her human rights work in the ALJ and describes some of the cases involving families bereaved through state killings. Clara also describes her feelings when her work had an impact on members of her family and her efforts to challenge the discrimination they suffered. Clara recalls the campaign for political status in the 70s and 80s and in particular the impact of the hunderstrikes of 1980 and 1981.