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Miltown Malbay native Hillery dies following short illness

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*Dr Brian Hillery. Photograph: Frank McGrath

A Clare native who served as a TD and Senator has died.

Dr Brian Hillery died on Tuesday after a short illness aged 83. A relation of the former President of Ireland, Patrick Hillery, Brian was a native of Miltown Malbay.

He served as a Senator from 1977 to 1982, 1983 to 1989 and 1992 to 1997 and as a Fianna Fáil TD for the Dún Laoghaire constituency from 1989 to 1992. From 1974 until 1988, Dr Hillery was Professor of Industrial Relations at UCD.

Following on from a career in politics and academia, Brian was appointed as Ireland and Denmark’s representative on the board of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) from 1994 to 1997.He was also a director of the Central Bank of Ireland and a member of the National Pensions Reserve Fund Commission and chairman of Providence Resources.

Hillery was also a board member for several private sector businesses. Independent News & Media (INM) was among these, he was a director there from 2003 until his retirement in October 2011, he succeeded Tony O’Reilly as chairman and was replaced by James Osborne.

Brian is survived by his wife Miriam (née Davy), daughter Cliona and sons Conor, Eugene, Brian and Gavin.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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