Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has paid tribute to Cork businessman and community activist James O’Sullivan following the news  of his death.  Mr. O’Sullivan is well known throughout Cork as director of M&P O’Sullivan Ltd, a company founded by his grandfather, but also for his involvement and support of numerous charity and community groups in the city and across the county.

Deputy Martin said, “It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of James O’Sullivan this morning.  He is a man who has been at the heart of Cork business, social and charity life for decades and his work in the community and voluntary section has made a huge difference to the lives of thousands of people across Cork city and county.

“James’ contribution to business in Cork is unquantifiable.  His own business acumen was second to none, and is evident in the success of the family company, which has spanned four generations; however he was determined to help others to reach the same success through his role as President of the Cork Business Association.  As Minister for Enterprise I was privileged to appoint James as the first Chairman of the Small Business Forum, which achieved a lot for small businesses.

“He was a leading light in the voluntary and charity sector in Cork, and his work with the Carrigaline & District Lions Club is unparalleled.  His appetite for community work saw him awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship – one of the highest honours bestowed on a serving Lion.

“On a personal level we will all miss James.  He was a jovial man with a big and generous heart who loved his city and cared deeply about people.  James was an integral part of Cork life and was great company, and his loss is a devastating blow to his wife Cathy and his children Eoin and Emma.  I want to extend my deepest sympathy to his family, friends and colleagues.

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis”.