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Statement by President Higgins on the death of Bob Hawke

Date: Thu 16th May, 2019 | 14:38

"I have learned with sadness of the death of Bob Hawke, Australia’s 23rd Prime Minister, former leader of the Labor party and trade union leader.

Bob Hawke inspired great enthusiasm and faith among Australians of all generations in the power of politics to make meaningful changes in society, to the benefit of those often excluded. His emphasis on consensus-driven change and social partnership arrangements left an important legacy.

He will also be remembered for the international leadership he gave, as trade union leader, in his opposition to the Apartheid regime in South Africa.

On behalf of the people of Ireland, may I express condolences to the people of Australia and in particular to his family, friends and colleagues.”