Category: Obituaries

  • David Bleakley Obituary

    I was sorry to hear of the passing of David Bleakley at the age of 92. David served the people of Northern Ireland for many years as an MP in the old Stormont parliament, the 1973 Assembly, the NI convention (1975) and as Minister of Community Relations 1971. I have known David for almost 50 […]

  • Susan O’Brien Obituary

    I was saddened to hear of the passing of former North Down Alderman Susan O’Brien. Susan and I were both first elected to North Down Council in 1981 and she served the people of Holywood for 24 years with great distinction. Even before she was elected to the Council she had a record of working […]

  • Reverend Paisley

    Reverend Paisley

    Like many others who have commented on the death of Ian Paisley I do so with very mixed emotions. I have experienced his generosity, kindness and enjoyed his sense of humour. I admire his family values and my thoughts and prayers are with Baroness Paisley and his family at this time. His greatest achievement has […]

  • Albert Magee

    Albert Magee

    ALBERT MAGEE-Former Alliance Mayor of North Down   The former mayor of North Down Albert Magee passed away last week at the age of 94. He joined the Alliance Party at its formation and was elected to the new North Down Council in 1973. He served as a councillor for the Abbey DEA for 20 […]

  • Sir Oliver Napier Obituary

    Sir Oliver Napier Obituary

    I first met Oliver Napier in 1975 when carrying out an interview for my Msc dissertation on the Alliance Party. Despite his busy schedule he was very generous with his time and talked in depth about his early years in politics from the creation of New Ulster Movement to the Sunningdale Agreement and the power-sharing […]