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Dr Maurice Neligan has died


gijoe

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The well known former heart surgeon Dr Maurice Neligan has died. It was only yesterday or the day before that he was on Newstalk talking about the proposed Mater National Children's Hospital and the inappropriateness of its location.
 


corelli

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Must have been very sudden. Terrible news. Thoughts for his wife who will now bury her husband and daughter within a few years.

He was famous for, being a typical doctor, never going to one.

RIP
 

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From his final Irish Times column -
Our Minister of Finance, a star turn in this debacle, put myself and others firmly in our boxes in a recent speech, when he referred to the fact that the Irish media had a number of Renaissance men and women in their midst, and that the country was very lucky in that respect. He suggested, however, that the cobblers should stick to their lasts and leave these problems to those specialised in these areas. What patronising nonsense this is. He might consider taking a look at the havoc wreaked by the irresponsible bankers, unscrupulous developers and the total failure of regulation. We must mention, of course, the Government whose crazy system of tax breaks fuelled the national bonfire.

This little observer was a mere surgeon but he arrogantly thinks that he was blessed with common sense, as were very many of his fellow citizens. But you knew better and look where we are now. You and your colleagues were central players in this destruction. It is time for you to go.

JAMES CLARENCE Mangan had surely the right of it, in his Vision of Connacht in the Thirteenth Century. With apologies to him for alterations, his dream might well describe the era of the Celtic Tiger.

“Then saw I thrones and circling fires

And a dome rose near me as by a spell

Whence flowed the tones of silver

lyres

And many voices in wreathed spell;

And their thrilling chime fell on mine ears

As the heavenly hymn of an

angel-band –

‘It is now the time, these be the years

Of Bertie Ahern and his merry band’.”

Mangan’s visionary walked on:

“I sought the hall and behold! . . . a

change

From light to darkness, from joy to

woe!

King, nobles all, looked aghast and

strange,

The minstrel-group sate in dumbest

show!

Had some great crime wrought this

dread amaze

This terror? None seemed to

understand!

It was then the time, we were in the

days

Of Brian Cowen and his woeful

band.”


Time is up for Cowen and his woeful band - The Irish Times - Tue, Oct 05, 2010
 
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Disillusioned democrat

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Must have been very sudden. Terrible news. Thoughts for his wife who will now bury her husband and daughter within a few years.

He was famous for, being a typical doctor, never going to one.

RIP
I remember a great line of his on the radio a few months back about taking everything in moderation, especially moderation. He did seem like one of the "good guys" in society and I know everyone who knew him had a great deal of respect for him.
 

richie268

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He suffered his fair share as did his family. my thoughts are with them.
 

Juverna

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His excellent commentary in print and on radio will be very badly missed - very sad.
 

turdsl

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What a great man, What a great loss, A man with plenty of education who never
lost common sense,RIP. Condolence to his wife and family.
 

Tomas Mor

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I too heard him on radio in last two days. A wonderful man who spoke his mind and never lost the common touch. A true dedicated professional. He has his share of tragedy too. RIP.
 

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Maurice Neligan was a straight talking man. He was a caring man , he respected his patients and told them the truth. Sometimes that truth was not pleasant , but it was told with a compassion and care. I met him, once. I admire* him.



*I chose to use the present tense because even though I only met him once , his compassion and understanding of his patients was admirable. My admiration for him continues.
 

Twin Towers

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He and his family had suffered much in recent years. A great Irishman whose good sense will be missed.

RIP.
 

jpc

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I would suspect that when all the patronising condolences are done .
Quiet a few people in the HSE and government will be glad not to have to read or hear his dissections, of their decisions and policies.
A true and decent human being RIP.
 

Kerrygold

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Sorry to hear that. Always enjoyed reading his scathing attacks on this government's disastrous policies. Thats 2 big losses for Kerry and Ireland in one week.
 

Anorakphobia

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Intelligence, integrity and excellence in abundance.

The antithesis of the apes he spent his retirement railing against.

I hope Cowen, Ahern and Harney have the decency to just shut up and not feel they have to offer some mealy mouth tribute that the man himself would despise.
 

cozzy121

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And to think Harney is still alive??
This is a very cruel world that we live in my friends.

RIP sir.
 

constitutionus

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was shocked to hear this.

He was only on newstalk yesterday !

VERY few in the health service put their heads above the paraphets and the good doctor was one of the few who was stridently vocal at inequities he saw there.

his comment and reason will be greatly missed on the airwaves and printed page.

RIP
 

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Terribly sad news. An honourable and decent man.

Réquiem ætérnam dona ei Dómine; et lux perpétua lúceat ei. Requiéscat in pace.
 

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Intelligence, integrity and excellence in abundance.

The antithesis of the apes he spent his retirement railing against.

I hope Cowen, Ahern and Harney have the decency to just shut up and not feel they have to offer some mealy mouth tribute that the man himself would despise.
I agree wholeheartedly. May he rest in peace -he will be sadly missed.
 

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Mr Nelligan performed a heart by pass on my Father almost 30 years ago.

Thank God he had such a wonderful surgeon like Mr Nelligan as he is alive and very well today.

An Irishman to look up to. RIP Mr Nelligan.
 

nakatomi

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I met him a few times when I was a junior doctor, great teacher, great surgeon great person. Terrible loss.
 

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