Fianna Fáil Minister of State at the Department of Higher Education and TD for Limerick County Niall Collins has paid tribute to American Philanthropist Chuck Feeney as his foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies, was dissolved having given away $8bn since its formation.
He commented, “I want to pay tribute to Chuck Feeney for his vision, contribution, and leadership to the island of Ireland through his foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies.
“His altruism has positively impacted on thousands of lives in Ireland both North and South. Through Atlantic Philanthropies the Republic of Ireland has received $1.3bn and Northern Ireland $570m. It is unlikely we will ever see the likes of this generosity again. It shows how special a person he is.
“In my own County of Limerick, our University and region has benefited from his dedication. He played an integral role in the development of the University, and Third Level Education across Ireland. This was acknowledged when he was rightly made an honorary Doctorate of Laws by the nine Universities on the island in 2012.
“On behalf of Fianna Fáil and the people I am proud to represent in Limerick I want to sincerely thank Chuck Feeney for his selflessness and generosity to Ireland, and wish him well into the future. There will always be a warm welcome in Limerick for Mr. Feeney,” concluded Minister Collins.