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Statement by President Higgins on the death of Jim Eadie

Date: Tue 6th Dec, 2022 | 19:53

“Members of the trade union movement and across the media will be saddened to hear of the death of Jim Eadie, the first full time official of the NUJ in Ireland.

From his appointment as the first Irish Organiser of the union in 1966 to his retirement as NUJ Irish Secretary in 1994, and beyond, Jim was a driving force in growing membership of the union and fighting for the working conditions of journalists throughout Ireland, something more relevant now than ever.

It is particularly noteworthy that the NUJ under his tenure was the first union in the State to lodge a maternity claim to a group of employers. He also contributed greatly to the training of generations of journalists as Chairman of the Irish Committee of the National Council for the Training of Journalists.

He will be remembered for his strong commitment to his members and a lifetime of trade union activism.

May I extend my deepest sympathies to his wife Bridie and to his children Deirdre, Caroline, Colm and James.”