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    Conor Cruise O'Brien a legendary Irish figure is dead, RIP

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    The death has taken place of the former Cabinet minister and journalist, Conor Cruise O'Brien, who as Minister for Posts and Telegraph during the Fine Gael/Labour coalition in the 1970s.

    Expressing condolences, Taoiseach Brian Cowen said Mr Cruise O'Brien had been "a leading figure in Irish life in many spheres since the 1960s", displaying a wide array of talents in politics, academia and journalism.
    "(He) was blessed with a strong intellect and he was a man of strong convictions," he said, adding that Mr Cruise O'Brien's "political views were not always in accordance with those of my own party over the years I never doubted his sincerity or his commitment to a better and more peaceful Ireland".
    A good foreign perspective on his times is this New York Times obituary.
    [excerpt]Conor Cruise O’Brien, an Irish diplomat, politician, man of letters and public intellectual who staked out an independent position for Ireland in the United Nations and, despite his Roman-Catholic origins, championed the rights of Protestants in Northern Ireland, has died, the Irish government announced Thursday. He was 91 and lived in Howth, near Dublin.[more]
    Also just so people know it is house rules on p.ie to be respectful of the dead on the RIP thread so if you've nothing nice to say: don't say anything !

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    The Lord have Mercy on him. Not going to pretend I was a fan, or that his influence on Irish politics and media was not occasionally malign, but he was a principled man, if somewhat a deliberate contrarian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyberianpan View Post
    Conor Cruise O'Brien a legendary Irish figure is dead, RIP



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    A great man, with great abilities and great flaws, dies. RIP.....

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    I thought he died years ago

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    RIP.

    The vitriol here will be immense.

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    Only agreed with him occasionally but a scholar and a gent and always interesting.

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    Will union flags fly at half mast now that he is gone?

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    He helped create the subservience to nonthinking that has left us f.ucked. I see no reason to celebrate his death.

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    God rest him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meriwether2 View Post
    RIP.

    The vitriol here will be immense.
    well a lot of people have very good reason to be angry with the man- democrats for starters

    but its true these threads do descend into nonsense so maybe we should ban them
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