December 8, 2018
The sister of murdered unionist politician Edgar Graham challenged the hypocrisy of Sinn Fein as she addressed a poignant ceremony to mark the 35th anniversary of his death.
Anne Graham spoke at a memorial service outside the university yesterday for her brother, who was shot dead by the IRA in 1983.
Mr Graham was a barrister and law lecturer as well as a promising politician, tipped as a future leader of the Ulster Unionist party.
Wreaths were laid at the spot where he died, across from the Queen’s Film Theatre, during a service organised by students.
Unionist politicians attending the event included former First Minister Lord Trimble, UUP leader Robin Swann and DUP MP Emma Little-Pengelly.
A lone piper played a lament after a minute’s silence.
Speaking to the crowd, Ms Graham said the memorial was occurring on a bright day but that it was a dark day when she lost her brother.
“I heard on the 11am news headlines that a politician had been shot at Queen’s,” she said.
“I knew instantly it was Edgar.
“Minutes later, as I tried desperately to find out what hospital he was being taken to, it was announced that Edgar Graham had been shot dead at Queen’s. The world pretty much stopped and changed for me then.”
No one has ever been convicted of Mr Graham’s murder.
His sister has been a vocal critic of Sinn Fein, saying that it had never condemned the killing of the barrister.