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Statement by President Higgins following the death of Michael Ewing

Date: Wed 29th Nov, 2023 | 20:40

“As President of Ireland, it was with great sorrow that I learned today of the death of Michael Ewing.

As a leading figure in the Irish Environmental Network, Michael Ewing’s contribution in building a vital network of environmental NGOs in Ireland was of immense significance.

In leading the development of the Irish Environmental Network, a coalition of 32 national environmental NGOS across the island of Ireland, Michael helped to increase the impact and influence of the IEN’s member organisations. In 2009, Michael coordinated the establishment of the Environmental Pillar which was to become the fifth national Social Pillar. This cooperation and leadership among NGOs was crucial in advocating for the urgent need to tackle the climate crisis and continues to be of enormous importance.

Michael also worked to advance the cause of environmental sustainability in other capacities, including as a member of the National Economic and Social Council, the National Climate Dialogue Advisory Group and the Public Participation Networks.

As a trained biologist and Environmental Protection Officer, Michael combined his expertise with a strong personal interest in participatory democracy, global justice and sustainable development.

All those who knew him and worked and campaigned with him will be proud of the legacy he leaves behind in assisting to shape tangible responses to care for our shared planet.

Sabina joins me in sending our deepest condolences to his family and friends across the environmental movement at this time of great loss.

Suaimhneas síoraí dá anam uasal.”