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Limerick in shock over the death of Des O’Malley

Limerick, in shock over the death of Des O’Malley

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The late Des O’Malley
by Tom McCullough

THE demise of Des O’Malley was met with unhappiness and shock in his native Limerick, the place he was thought to be a political colossus who performed a central position in one of the vital controversial chapters within the nation’s historical past.

Though he had been in unwell well-being for a while, the 82-year-old maintained an intense curiosity within the political scene. In the latest weeks, he criticized the makers of an RTÉ documentary on the 1970 Arms Trial for not contacting him to touch upon the program.

As Justice Minister within the Fianna Fáil Authorities, he was pressured to cope with the fall-out from a plot by a few of his fellow Cupboard members to import arms for the IRA whose marketing campaign of violence was at its top in England and Northern Eire.

It led to the dismissal of two Authorities Ministers and the resignation of a 3rd, culminating within the acquittal of former Ministers Charles Haughey and Neil Blaney about the arms importation plot.
This was on the coronary heart of his bitter relationship with Charles Haughey, which finally led to his expulsion from Fianna Fáil and the formation of the Progressive Democrats in 1985.

One among Eire’s finest identified politicians within the 1970s and 80s, Des O’Malley was elected to the Dáil within the outdated Limerick East constituency on eleven successive events.

He was first elected in 1968 at the age of 29 when he received the by-election attributable to the sudden demise of his uncle Donogh O’Malley, the pioneering Minister for Schooling credited with the introduction of free secondary schooling and accessible faculty transport.

He was appointed Minister for Justice simply two years later.
He remained a TD for Limerick East till his retirement from active politics in 2002.
His spouse, Pat, died in 2017, and so they had six youngsters.