RTÉ are reporting the death earlier today of the Former President of Ireland Dr. Patrick Hillary. Dr. Hillary had a long history in Irish politics, having first been elected to the Dáil in 1951. He served as Minister for Education (1959-1965), Minister for Industry & Commerce (1965-1966), Minister for Labour (1966-1969) and Minister for External Affairs (1969-1973). In 1973 he was appointed Ireland’s first European Commissioner, serving until 1976 when he became President of Ireland following Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh resignation. He served in that post until 1990.
It is always sad when a former head of state dies. Though I was not alive for most of his career and was 5 years old when he stepped down as President.
There will be a State Funeral.
Dr Patrick J. Hillery
1923 – 2008