Death of Former Member: Expressions of Sympathy

Senators will be aware that the late Senator, Professor Brian Hillery, who was a Member of this House from 1977 to 1997 has died. Brian served a term in the Dáil from 1989 to 1992 representing the people and the constituency of Dún Laoghaire. He was a native of Miltown Malbay in County Clare and was a nephew of the former President Patrick Hillery. He was a very popular Member of Seanad Éireann, where he had many friends. He was an astute and widely respected politician and a gentleman of great wit and integrity. Along with his success in business, he will be remembered for his many other public roles. He was Ireland's representative on the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, director of the Central Bank and a member of a number of public bodies that advise the Government. On behalf of Seanad Éireann I express my sympathies to his wife Miriam, daughter Cliona and sons Conor, Eugene, Brian and Gavin, as well as his extended family and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis. I ask Members that we observe a minute's silence after the Order of Business.