Sunday 17 December 2017

Former US Ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney dies aged 84

Former Ambassador Dan Rooney and wife Patricia
Former Ambassador Dan Rooney and wife Patricia
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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The former US Ambassador to Ireland, Dan Rooney, has died at the age of 84.

Mr Rooney was appointed in 2009 by then US President Barack Obama.

He was swore in by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

He remained in the post until 2012, when he resigned to help Barack Obama campaign for re-election.

Kevin O'Malley, replaced him in the post in 2014, said: "Saddened to learn that Ambassador Dan Rooney, my predecessor in Ireland, passed away.  A very generous, humble, and honest man."

He is best known in the United States as the chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers football team.

In 2000 he was inducted into the football hall of fame.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said tonight:

"I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dan Rooney. Dan was a personal friend of mine and the proudest Irish supporter of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"During his time as American Ambassador to Ireland Dan visited every county in Ireland and his work brought both the United States and Ireland closer together.

"Dan was a founding President of the Ireland Fund. He leaves a massive legacy which will benefit many people for the years to come.

"My deepest condolences go to his wife Patricia and his entire family at this time.

"Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis."

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