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Surgeon who never gave up fight for better health system

Published 09/10/2010 | 05:00

Heart surgeon Maurice Neligan was a doctor with a difference. He was a maverick in his views not just on the health service but was also sceptical of healthy living zealots.

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In a radio interview recently he admitted he was not a follower of regular health checks, joking that it was safer to keep away from doctors.

He was Ireland's answer to Dr Christian Barnard, carrying out the country's first heart transplants. Yet he could quote with ease from poetry and write with warmth about Puck Fair in Killorglin, Co Kerry and the celebration of a goat.

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