FORMER head of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Donal Nevin, has died following a long illness. He was in his late 80s.
Mr Nevin, who was from Limerick, was a founder member of the ESRI when it was formed in 1960 and served with distinction in the Department of Industry and Commerce and as general secretary of ICTU before he retired in 1989.
He then embarked on a second career as an author, writing definitively on James Connolly and James Larkin, including a biography of Larkin called 'James Larkin – Lion of the Fold'.
A member of the Labour Party, he was committed to social justice and was also involved in the anti-apartheid movement and the hospice movement.
Survived by his wife and daughter, he served as ESRI president and was awarded a number of honorary doctorates, including one in law from the University of Limerick.
He also served on a number of working groups, including the Commission on Remuneration and Conditions of Service in the Defence Forces, twice on the Taxation Commission and was also a member of council of the National Theatre, and the Irish Times Trust.
SIPTU general president Jack O'Connor said he was a man of "great intellect and absolute integrity". ICTU general secretary David Begg said he was a "remarkable individual" who would be missed.