Sutherland's 'voice, dedication and leadership will be missed'
Peter Sutherland's family have announced arrangements for his funeral to take place tomorrow and Thursday in Dublin as tributes to the statesman and business leader have continued.
Mr Sutherland's remains will repose at the Carnegies Funeral Home in Monkstown Crescent, Dublin, from 3pm to 6pm tomorrow. He will be buried in Kilternan Cemetery after requiem mass at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Donnybrook, at 11am on Thursday.
Former US trade secretary Mickey Kantor delivered a poignant tribute to the man he negotiated opposite in the successful ground-breaking world trade talks in the early to mid-1990s.
"I am so sad and sorry. His voice, dedication and leadership will be missed," Mr Kantor said.
Ireland's EU commissioner, Phil Hogan, paid tribute to Mr Sutherland's work nationally and internationally. "In all of the roles he performed, he did so with professionalism, enthusiasm and accomplishment," Mr Hogan said.
National University of Ireland chancellor, Dr Maurice Manning, said Mr Sutherland made a huge contribution to co-operation on education in Europe.
Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin also said Mr Sutherland was generous in his financial support and advice to many Church institutions.
"He was a man of deep faith and a devoted Catholic, but also one who was critical when necessary.
"He worked to ensure greater transparency in the administration of the Vatican's financial system," Archbishop Martin said.
Business and employers' representative Danny McCoy, of IBEC, said Mr Sutherland would be remembered as an influential figure as EU competition commissioner and as the World Trade Organisation leader.
European Movement in Ireland director Noelle O'Connell said as executive president of her group, he had embodied their continuing mission to increase the connection between Ireland and Europe.