Saturday 20 October 2018

Tributes to 'distinguished' finance boss Cromien

Seán Cromien led the Department of Finance for 17 years
Seán Cromien led the Department of Finance for 17 years
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

The former boss of the Department of Finance, Seán Cromien, has been remembered as a "distinguished public servant".

Mr Cromien (89) died on Monday after a long illness.

He was the secretary general of the Department of Finance between 1987 and 1994, but also went on to serve as president of Dublin Zoo.

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe paid tribute to Mr Cromien as a "distinguished public servant", noting his many years working in the department before he became secretary general.

Mr Donohoe extended his sympathy to Mr Cromien's family and friends.

Mr Cromien's tenure as head of the department began at a time when Ireland was trying to recover from the economic turmoil of the 1980s.

It covered stints as finance minister by Fianna Fáil TDs Ray MacSharry, Albert Reynolds and Bertie Ahern.

Mr Cromien remained active in public life after his retirement from the department.

Dublin Zoo's impressive African Plains project was developed during his time as president of the organisation.

Ahead of its official opening, Mr Cromien was quoted as saying it made the zoo "one of Europe's finest".

He also served as a director of the National Library and he was elected to the Royal Irish Academy in 2006.

His funeral at St Brigid's Church, Killester, will take place tomorrow morning followed by burial at Glasnevin Cemetery.

Irish Independent

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