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Statement by the Tánaiste on the death of Eddie McGrady

Northern Ireland Peace Process, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, Press Releases, Northern Ireland, 2013

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore, T.D., made the following statement in relation to the death of Eddie McGrady:

I wish to express my great sadness on the death today of Eddie McGrady.

Eddie McGrady was a founder member of the SDLP, its first Chairman and one of its finest parliamentarians and negotiators.

He was a man of immense integrity who, during the Troubles, showed extraordinary personal courage in the face of repeated threats against his life.

Eddie served the people of South Down tirelessly over fifty years in public life.  He lived in Downpatrick and often quoted Saint Patrick as a model for reconciliation between the political traditions on this island. 

Saint Patrick’s words, written at the end of his life, apply equally to Eddie as we mourn his passing: “I have not laboured for nothing.  My travels have not been in vain.”

Without Eddie and his party, Ireland would be a very different place.   We are in their debt.

I extend my heartfelt sympathies to Eddie’s daughter Paula, to his sons Conaill and Gerry, his constituency colleague and great friend, Margaret Ritchie and to all his colleagues and friends in the SDLP.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam.