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Statement by Tánaiste on the death of Tony Benn


"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".



Press Office

14 March 2014