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Statement by President Michael D. Higgins on the death of Michael O’Kennedy

Date: Sat 16th Apr, 2022 | 15:55

“It is with sadness that I have heard of the death of former parliamentary colleague Michael O’Kennedy.

Michael O’Kennedy served the Irish people at home and abroad in a number of capacities and always with distinction. People throughout County Tipperary and beyond will have been saddened to hear today of his death.

Michael O’Kennedy gave his life to public service across such a wide range of roles including a political career of over 30 years as a TD, Senator, European Commissioner and across a number of ministerial portfolios. A distinguished Senior Counsel, he was popular amongst his colleagues in legal circles as well as among parliamentary colleagues across the political spectrum. 

I would like to express my deepest condolences to his wife Breda, to his children Brian, Orla and Mary, and to his many family and friends.”