Hundreds mourn 'truly remarkable' former AG
THE former Attorney General Rory Brady was a "truly remarkable" person who had the world at his feet when he was diagnosed two years ago with an illness that he fought with his personal motto: "Battle on".
Last night President Mary McAleese and her husband Martin were among the first of many dignitaries and figures from the worlds of law, politics and media to comfort Mr Brady's wife Siobhan and children Meave and Aoife.
Hundreds of people packed the Church of the Sacred Heart, in Donnybrook, Dublin, to pay tribute to one of Ireland's most outstanding lawyers who was appointed as attorney general by former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern at the young age of 44.
Mr Brady, who died last Monday at the Beacon Hospital in Dublin, served as attorney general in the Fianna Fail/PD government from 2002 to 2007.
Mourners were told by Donnybrook parish priest Fr Martin Clarke that Mr Brady (52) was "a very special person" who had touched so many lives in so many different ways and who had embraced a distinguished career at the bar and in the world of politics.
Fr Clarke told mourners that Mr Brady had just celebrated his 50th birthday and was celebrating a highly successful term as attorney general and spending time with his family when he when he became ill in 2008. The priest said that he had been "truly inspired" by Mr Brady in the weeks leading up to his death.
Taoiseach Brian Cowen led a host of government ministers including Tanaiste Mary Coughlan and Finance Minister Brian Lenihan.
Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern attended and was joined by ministers Mary Harney, Mary Hanafin, Batt O'Keeffe, John Gormley, Noel Dempsey, Eamon O Cuiv and Barry Andrews. The Attorney General Paul Gallagher attended the removal service, as did a number of court judges and Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy.
Mr Brady was born in Dublin's Liberties and educated in Synge Street Christian Brothers school, UCD and the King's Inns.