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Statement by President Higgins on the death of Des O’Malley

Date: Wed 21st Jul, 2021 | 11:52

As President of Ireland, I offer my sympathy to all who will have been saddened by the death of Des O’Malley.

The news of the death of Des O’Malley will have been received with great sadness by all, across the political spectrum. His contribution to public life as founder and leader of a political party, as Cabinet Minister and as Dáil Deputy, was extensive and meaningful. 

His deep commitment to serving the people of Limerick, to the Republic, and to the parliamentary process, since he was first elected to the Dáil in 1968 stands as an outstanding example of dedicated public service, often delivered under great pressure.

Des O’Malley had a major influence on Irish politics, and his legacy and integrity includes a major contribution to the role of coalitions in Irish government formation. Those of us who had the privilege of working with him in the Oireachtas will also remember him as courteous, courageous and principled. As a friend he was gifted with a wry sense of humour, which he shared with generosity and a gift for irony.

Sabina and I send our sincere condolences to his family, former colleagues and friends.

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