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Sinn Féin MEP extends condolences to family of former Irish President Patrick Hillery

14 April, 2008

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has extended condolences to the family of former Irish president and Ireland's first ever EEC Commissioner, Dr. Patrick Hillery.

Ms de Brún said,

"As a Sinn Féin member of the European Parliament, I extend my condolences to the wife and family of former Irish President, Dr. Patrick Hillery.

"Dr. Hillery was appointed Ireland's first EEC Commissioner in 1973. He held the post of vice president of the then Commission of the European Communities until 1976, when he was elected President of Ireland.

"We have seen many changes since Dr. Hillery's term and he played a key role in these welcome changes." ENDS

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