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Statement by President Michael D. Higgins on the death of Bride Rosney

Date: Fri 22nd Sep, 2023 | 17:54

“May I, as President of Ireland, join with the family, friends and colleagues of Bride Rosney in expressing my sadness following the sudden news of her death earlier today.

Bride was renowned, throughout her career, as a fearless advocate who dedicated her life to the betterment of society, both in Ireland and throughout the world.

In her work as Special Advisor to my predecessor as President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, with whom she shared so many ideals, both in Áras an Uachtaráin and their continuing work together later at the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights and at the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice, Bride Rosney played a major role in the development of the potential of the Office of President of Ireland and in the pursuit of human rights and climate justice globally.

Bride will be remembered too for her important contributions to education, to public service broadcasting, to public service in the broadest sense and to the many other organisations and causes to which she brought such considerable expertise and passion throughout her life and career.

May I send my deepest condolences to her partner Peter, her sister Mary, her brother Michael and her wider family, to her committed friend and colleague of so many decades Mary Robinson, and to all of her many friends.”