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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.”