Taoiseach pays tributes to former Labour Party TD and MEP Brendan Halligan

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The Taoiseach led tributes to former Labour Party TD and MEP Brendan Halligan who died aged 84.

Brendan passed away at his home surrounded by his family following a long illness.

He was an economist before getting involved in politics in 1967.

He was TD for Dublin South West from 1976-1977, and an MEP from 1983 to 1984.

Brendan held the position of General Secretary of the Labour Party from 1967 until 1980.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said, “It is with deep sadness that I have learned of the passing of Brendan Halligan.

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin arrives at the convention centre in Dublin for a parliamentary meeting of his party on June 15, 2020 (Image: PAUL FAITH/AFP via Getty Images)

“A man who gave his life to politics and the public service with a deep commitment to the institutions of the state.

“Brendan was a European citizen who believed in the values of the European Union.

“He was the founder and Director of the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA), and served as Chair of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.”

President Michael D Higgins also paid tribute to Mr Halligan by saying: “The news of the death of Brendan Halligan will have been received with great sadness by all those with an interest in politics, economics and social justice, and particularly by his colleagues in the Labour Party.”

He added: “He bore his illness with great courage and patience. I last spoke to him after my video address on the future of Europe. His interest in European politics continued to that day.

“Sabina and I send our sincere condolences to his family, and to all those who will have been deeply affected by his passing.”

Current Labour leader Alan Kelly said:” Brendan was a fascinating man with a formidable intellect and he was a leading light in the Labour Party who articulated the political vision for the party for more than a decade.

“I would like to extend my sympathies and those of my Labour Colleagues to Brendan’s wife Margie, his family and friends at this difficult time.”

Labour’s Alan Kelly at Leinster House on Kildare Street, Dublin (Image: Gareth Chaney/Collins)

From 1985 to 1995 he served as Chairman of the Irish Peat Development Authority. In 2007, Brendan was appointed Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.

He founded the Institute of International and European Affairs in 1990, an independent think tank of which he served as Chairperson from 1990 to 2017.

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From 2017 until his passing he served as President of the IIEA.

Source: Dublin News