Breen pays tribute to author and journalist Dermot Walsh RIP.

December 17th, 2010 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael’s Spokesperson on Overseas Aid and Human Rights and Clare T.D. paying tribute to author and journalist Dermot Walsh RIP, who was laid to rest in Shannon yesterday, said that Dermot “always worked to keep the Shannon Story alive”.

“Firstly I wish to express my deepest sympathy to his wife, Joyce, son Emmet, daughter Grainne, his grandchildren Niamh and Eoin, his sister Phyl and family on their sad loss.”

“Dermot always worked to keep the Shannon Story alive. He described his efforts to retain Shannon’s Status himself as “my one band effort.” Having moved from his native Wexford in the 1970’s to serve as Public Relations Officer for Shannon Development, Dermot quickly recognised the importance of Shannon Airport and its role as the key economic driver in this Region.

“He was very closely associated with the various Airport campaigns particularly in the early 1990’s when he was PR advisor to SIGNAL.”

“Earlier this year when I was finalising my European Aviation Report on behalf of the Council of Europe, Dermot was in contact with me and he was a great help.”

“Dermot was a very positive person. He saw every report and every article he ever penned on the Shannon issue as an opportunity to articulate the vision of Shannon Airport as the engine driver for the Mid-West. His last book “Stars and Stripes for Eireann”, is a testament to Dermot’s love for Shannon Airport.”

“He will be sorely missed by Joyce and his family. But he will also be missed by all those who worked and campaigned with him down through the years for Shannon Airport.