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Statement on the passing of Austin Currie

Date: Tue 9th Nov, 2021 | 21:19

President Michael D. Higgins has expressed deep sadness on hearing of the death of Austin Currie this evening.

The President said,

“Ireland has lost a dedicated, sincere and very committed politician who made such a significant contribution to the lives of so many people throughout the island of Ireland during a varied and challenging political career.

He will remembered as a founding member of the SDLP and a courageous activist in the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Movement at a critical time in our history.

His outstanding service to the people of this country as an advocate and politician will stand as his proud legacy. It was a pleasure and privilege to have worked with him as a colleague in politics.

He will be remembered as a public representative who gave outstanding service to people of the island of Ireland over so many decades.

Sabina and I express our deepest sympathy to Annita, his children, grandchildren and his extended family and many friends.

Síochán siorraí d’a anam.”