Conor Cruise O'Brien a legendary Irish figure is dead, RIP
A good foreign perspective on his times is this New York Times obituary.IT
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".
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 ![excerpt]Conor Cruise OBrien, 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]