Sunday 22 October 2017

Colm Rapple had 'deep commitment to social justice and equality'

President Higgins pays tribute to former Independent Newspapers journalist at today's funeral

The Latin High Mass at the funeral of the former Economist, Journalist at St. Kevins Church on Harrington Street.
Pic Steve Humphreys
The Latin High Mass at the funeral of the former Economist, Journalist at St. Kevins Church on Harrington Street. Pic Steve Humphreys
Colm Rapple's daughter Simone is comforted by his brother Eamonn (her uncle) while attending the funeral of the former Economist, Journalist at St. Kevins Church on Harrington Street. Pic Steve Humphreys
Colm Rapple's Brother Eamonn attending the funeral of the former Economist, Journalist at St. Kevins Church on Harrington Street. Pic Steve Humphreys
Colm Rapple's daughter Simone and wife Nuala attending the funeral of the former Economist, Journalist at St. Kevins Church on Harrington Street. Pic Steve Humphreys
Fr. Nevin leads the procession following the Latin High Mass at the funeral of the former Economist, Journalist at St. Kevins Church on Harrington Street. Pic Steve Humphreys
Former Press Ombudsman John Horgan at the funeral of the former Economist, Journalist at St. Kevins Church on Harrington Street. Pic Steve Humphreys
RTE Newsreader Eileen Dunne at the Latin High Mass at the funeral of the former Economist, Journalist at St. Kevins Church on Harrington Street. Pic Steve Humphreys
Colm Rapple's daughter Simone and wife Nuala attending the funeral of the former Economist, Journalist at St. Kevins Church on Harrington Street. Pic Steve Humphreys

Sam Griffin

The funeral has taken place of former Independent Newspapers journalist Colm Rapple who passed away last week after a short illness.

Mr Rapple, from Marino in Dublin, was a hugely respected commentator on business, economics and personal finance matters and worked with the Irish Independent in the 1970s where he was appointed Business Editor in 1973.

Colm Rapple's wife Nuala speaks with Fr. Nevin following the Latin High Mass at the funeral of the former Economist, Journalist at St. Kevins Church on Harrington Street.
Pic Steve Humphreys
Colm Rapple's wife Nuala speaks with Fr. Nevin following the Latin High Mass at the funeral of the former Economist, Journalist at St. Kevins Church on Harrington Street. Pic Steve Humphreys

He also enjoyed successful stints with the Irish Press Group and was working as a columnist with the Irish Mail on Sunday up until last year.

Paying tribute at his funeral this morning in St Kevin’s Church on Harrington Street in south Dublin were family, friends and former colleagues including the former

Former Press Ombudsman John Horgan, RTE presenters Bryan Dobson and Eileen Dunne, former Evening Herald editor Paul Drury and Sunday Independent journalist Neil Francis.

President Michael D Higgins attended Mr Rapple’s removal last night and his aide de camp attended this morning's service which was performed as a Latin High Mass with choral hymns sung throughout.

RTE Newsreader Bryan Dobson attending the funeral of former Economist, Journalist and Author Colm Rapple at St. Kevins Church on Harrington Street.
Pic Steve Humphreys
RTE Newsreader Bryan Dobson attending the funeral of former Economist, Journalist and Author Colm Rapple at St. Kevins Church on Harrington Street. Pic Steve Humphreys

Speaking afterwards, Mr Rapple's brother Eamonn said it was his brother's "extraordinary abilities as a communicator" which allowed him to enjoy such a successful career.

At the weekend, President Higgins said: “Colm's long and distinguished record as a journalist was noted for his deep commitment to social justice and equality.

“He was a much respected and valued commentator in print, radio and television on a range of public policy issues; especially on areas of equality.

Mr Rapple, who passed away after a short illness, is survived by his wife Nuala, children Simone and Rory and extended family.

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