Statement by President Michael. D. Higgins on the death of Dr. Tiede Herrema
Date: Mon 27th Apr, 2020 | 15:59
“It is with deep sadness that I have learned of the death earlier today of Dr. Tiede Herrema, so soon after the death of his beloved wife Elisabeth.
I had the privilege of meeting Tiede and Elisabeth on many occasions, including at Áras an Uachtaráin during their regular trips to Ireland.
Dr. Herrema, who had endured such a traumatic kidnapping, harboured no bitterness towards his abductors and had maintained a very strong bond with Ireland. Both he and Elizabeth accepted honorary Irish citizenship. They will be missed, and fondly remembered by their many friends in Ireland.
Sabina and I send our deepest condolences to their four sons, wider family and friends.
Suaimhneas síoraí dá n-anamacha uaisle.”