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Statement by President Higgins on the death of Mike Burns

Date: Sun 28th Feb, 2021 | 10:16

“News of the death of Mike Burns will have been received with sadness not only by his colleagues but by his many friends in Ireland and abroad.

The tributes by so many of his colleagues to his geniality and the ease with which he engaged both with people and with complex issues is an appropriate one, and one that is shared by all those who knew him.

In so many ways, as a journalist Mike Burns was in touch with all aspects of the Irish diaspora. This was demonstrated by his coverage of the Kennedy funerals and later in his work in London where he showed a deep respect for people of different views.

Sabina and I send our deepest condolences to his family, and to his friends and all his former colleagues.”