Fianna Fáil Enterprise spokesperson Dara Calleary has paid tribute to the former Chairman of Enterprise Ireland Hugh Cooney, who has passed away. The 63 year old had been battling colon cancer for the past two years.
Deputy Calleary commented, “I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of Hugh Cooney. His passion for business was evident in his dedication to his role as Chairman of Enterprise Ireland. He took on the position at a particularly difficult time in global economics, and through his determination and vision, managed to grow and develop the organisation. His legacy can be seen in the success of Enterprise Ireland today, which provides support to companies who directly provide employment for over 180,000 people.
“Following his diagnosis, Hugh campaigned tirelessly to try and raise awareness, particularly among men, about the need for screening. His courage and advocacy during his illness reflected the kindness and selflessness that embodied Hugh. His loss will be felt right across the business community.
“I want to extend my sympathies to Hugh’s wife Nuala and his children Eva, Fiona, Hugh, Gwen and Laura. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis”.