Statement on the death of Des O’Malley

21 July 2021

Speaking on the death of former Progressive Democrats Leader Des O’Malley, Labour Leader Alan Kelly said:

“On behalf of the Labour Party I want to extend my sympathies to the family, friends and supporters of Des O’Malley.

“He leaves behind a distinguished legacy in public life and played a central role in our politics throughout the later half of the twentieth century.

“On many issues our respective political movements disagreed, but throughout his political life he made a towering contribution to Irish public life.

“He was part of a diverse movement of people across all swathes of Irish life, in many different political formations who sought to break the grip of civil war politics in the 1980s and 1990s, and the ramifications of that continue to this day.

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”

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