Saturday 24 March 2018

Former AG was 'a working class boy made good'

Sam Smyth

FORMER Attorney General Rory Brady was a man whose ascent to high office was tempered by an "instinct of warmth and decency" which was intrinsic to his life, his funeral Mass heard yesterday.

The current Attorney General Paul Gallagher told mourners that Mr Brady, who was a Christian Brothers-educated student, was "a proud Synge Street boy and first, last and always a Dub".

The Taoiseach, two former Taoisigh and the Chief Justice were among the mourners at the Church of the Scared Heart in Donnybrook in Dublin for the funeral of the 52-year-old who died on Monday.

President Mary McAleese had attended his removal on Wednesday night and her aide-de-camp and secretary general attended, along with judges from the superior courts and members of the Oireachtas.

The chief mourners were Mr Brady's wife, Siobhan, and his daughters Aoife and Maeve. They were joined by mourners from the Liberties where Mr Brady, the son of Guinness workers, was born and raised.


Observers characterised Mr Brady as "the local working class boy made good" who had no airs or graces and became one of the country's most successful lawyers.

Mr Gallagher said integrity, modesty and balance were the qualities that defined Mr Brady who inspired trust and wore his own success very lightly. But he was happiest and most content with his family, said Mr Gallagher.

Bertie Ahern, meanwhile, said Mr Brady became his most trusted colleague at the cabinet table. His advice through the most delicate stages of the Peace Process was informed by a scholarly knowledge of history which made him invaluable, he said.

Mr Gallagher read from a Robert Frost poem and the Vard Sisters sang through the Mass.

Former AG and Justice Minster Michael McDowell also attended as did singer Dickie Rock, Arts Minister Mary Hanafin, Health Minister Mary Harney and broadcaster Tom McGurk.

Irish Independent

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