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Thursday 18 July 2019

Late TD Gregory's brother hits out at book launch snub

Colm Kelpie

THE brother of the late TD Tony Gregory has voiced anger at not being able to speak at the launch of the well known politician's biography.

Noel Gregory claims he tried to contact publisher Michael O'Brien to be allowed five minutes to address those attending the launch tomorrow night, but he did not come back to him.

Historian Diarmaid Ferriter; Independent TD and friend of the late politician, Maureen O'Sullivan; and author Robbie Gilligan are expected to be among those speaking at the event in the Pillar Room of the Rotunda in Dublin.

Noel said he believed Tony would have wanted him to speak.

"I am Tony's brother and I think I should be given five minutes," he said.

Mr Gregory (65) said he tried, through a third party, to get Mr O'Brien to contact him and also left a message on his answering machine.

But he claims he never heard directly from the publisher over the issue.

"I am only making an issue of this because I feel Tony would have wanted me to be allowed to say a few words," Mr Gregory said.

Mr Gregory is to attend the launch despite his sentiments.

"I have seen the book and read the book, and I think it's very good," he said.

'Tony Gregory: The Biography of a True Irish Political Legend' promises to cover the late politician's whole career.

Efforts to contact Mr O'Brien through a spokesperson for the book launch proved unsuccessful.

Ms O'Sullivan and fellow Independent TD Finian McGrath said Mr Gregory should have the opportunity to speak.

Irish Independent

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