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Statement of condolences by the Tánaiste on the death of Sally O’Neill Sanchez


“I was greatly saddened today to hear of the death of Sally O’Neill Sanchez, a lifelong advocate for human rights and the dignity of all people, dedicating her life to working with the poor and the marginalised.  

Sally was a remarkable woman who made a tremendous contribution to Irish society and to disadvantaged communities across the world. She presented the best of what it is to be Irish, working tirelessly to empower those impacted by poverty and injustice. 

With her sad passing, Ireland and the countries where she had such a significant impact have lost a dedicated defender of human rights and equality for all. I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to Sally’s family at this most difficult time.

My Department is providing consular assistance to the O’Neill Sanchez family through the Irish Embassy in Mexico and Honorary Consul of Ireland in Guatemala.  All possible assistance will be provided to the family at this difficult time.”



Press Office

8 April 2019

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