Monday 10 December 2018

Ex-Taoisigh pay respects to high-ranking civil servant

Family and friends carry the coffin of Frank Murray during his removal to The Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Foxrock
Family and friends carry the coffin of Frank Murray during his removal to The Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Foxrock
Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern pictured with Bishop Michael Smith and former President Mary McAleese. Picture: Frank McGrath
Frank Murray
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

Former President Mary McAleese and ex-Taoisigh Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen were among the hundreds of mourners who paid their respects to former commissioner and high-ranking civil servant Frank Murray at his removal last night.

The Co Leitrim native was regarded as an exceptional civil servant who was widely respected as one of the co-commissioners of the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims Remains.

He worked tirelessly to ensure a proper burial for the so-called Disappeared during the Troubles.

Mr Murray died suddenly last Saturday.

Among the mourners who packed The Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Foxrock, Co Dublin, to capacity was his close friend Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan and former justice minister and Fine Gael deputy leader Nora Owen.

Mr Murray, who was originally from Carrick-on-Shannon, will be buried at Deans Grange cemetery this afternoon following his requiem Mass in Foxrock which starts at noon.

He is survived by his wife Maureen, children Geraldine, Ciara, Paul and Catherine and extended family.

Irish Independent

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