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This morning.

Former minister and leader of the Progressive Democrats Des O’Malley has died aged 82.


Ex-Progressive Democrat leader Des O’Malley has died (RTE)

Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews


Mary Harney and Des O Malley outside the door of Dáil Eireann after Mr. O’Malley was expelled from the Fianna Fáil Parliamentary Party because he opposed party leader Charles Haughey taking over responsibility for Northen Ireland policy, May 18, 1984

This morning.

“Des O’Malley was a great friend and mentor. We had an enduring friendship that spanned 40 years. He spoke the truth and matched it with his actions. At a very troubled time in our country, his bravery was rare. He was the finest public servant I have had the privilege to know. May he rest in peace with his beloved wife, Pat.”

Former minister Mary Harney.  a founder member of the Progressive Democrats alongside Des O’Malley.

Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews


Dessie O’Malley in 1985

This Day In Irish History tweetz:

This day 35 years ago – 20 February 1985 – Des O’Malley refused to vote against a bill to allow the selling of condoms, despite Fianna Fáil leader Charles Haughey’s instructing deputies to do so.

He said, “I stand by the Republic and accordingly I will not oppose this bill.”

Family Planning Bill Permits Sale Of Condoms (RTÉ Archive)

anewheart1Ah here.

Via IrishElectionLiterature:

“From early 2006 and the PDs propose moving Dublin Port to Drogheda using a comparison with Helsinki. The move was to happen over a 20 year period with a ‘New Quarter’ proposed where Dublin Port is. This ‘New Quarter’ was to be filled with high rise buildings, a port for cruise liners and much more.”

A New Heart For Dublin (IrishElectionLiterature)