Statement by Tánaiste on the death of Tony Benn14/3/14
"I was saddened to learn of the passing of Tony Benn, former British cabinet minister and British Labour Party politician. Tony devoted 60 years to a career in the service of others and was a man of great integrity and determination. Tony was a most principled and respected parliamentarian and was also a great friend of Ireland. While his views on Northern Ireland were often seen as controversial, once the Good Friday Agreement was signed in 1998 he was among its strongest defenders.
I wish to extend my condolences to his family and to his colleagues in the British Labour Party".
14 March 2014