Tributes pour in for former minister and top academic
Prof Jim Dooge's many achievements earned him the respect of friends and political rivals, writes Don Lavery
Tributes were paid yesterday to Professor James Dooge, a leading academic and former Fine Gael Foreign Affairs Minister and Cathaoirleach of the Seanad, who has died in Dublin.
James (Jim) Clement Dooge, who was closely associated with former Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald and played a key role in improving the EEC, died at his home in Monkstown, Co Dublin, aged 88, on Friday.
Yesterday, Fine Gael Foreign Affairs Spokesman Sean Barrett paid tribute to Prof Dooge, saying: "I knew James from when I first entered the Dail in 1981, which coincided with his appointment as Minister for Foreign Affairs. I always held him in the highest regard, both for his personal qualities and for his academic and political talents.