Wednesday 15 August 2018

Friends pay final respects to 'Suds'

Minister Eoghan Murphy T.D. attending the Carnegie Funeral home for the reposing of Peter Sutherland. Monkstown, Dublin. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Minister Eoghan Murphy T.D. attending the Carnegie Funeral home for the reposing of Peter Sutherland. Monkstown, Dublin. Photo: Caroline Quinn
John Downing

John Downing

People from politics, business and the law joined together to pay their final respects to the man known to all as 'Suds'.

Peter Sutherland's loved ones waited for three hours beside his remains yesterday as a steady flow of colleagues, friends and admirers came to express their sympathy at the Carnegies Funeral Home in Monkstown, Dublin.

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy was among a contingent from the Fine Gael party with which Mr Sutherland had a life-long involvement. Others activists included former Meath TD John V Farrelly.

Former attorney general Paul Gallagher was among a large group of lawyers who paid their respects. Others included David Byrne, who like Peter Sutherland also went on to be become an EU commissioner.

Mr Sutherland's days in Brussels were recalled by the attendance of former EU press spokesman Neville Keary, and business consultant Peter Brennan, who headed the Ibec EU office for more than a decade.

The world of media was represented by former RTÉ head of news and current affairs Joe Mulholland and former RTÉ London editor Mike Burns.

Former Green Party leader and environment minister John Gormley attended as did former Fianna Fáil minister Mary Hanafin. Journalist and former head of the charity Goal, John O'Shea, and Irish-American actor Declan Joyce were also in attendance.

Mr Sutherland will be buried today at Kilternan Cemetery after 11am Mass at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Donnybrook.

Irish Independent

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