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Former Fine Gael TD Paddy Harte has died aged 86

The death has taken place of the former Fine Gael TD Paddy Harte. He was 86.

Mr Harte was a Fine Gael TD from 1961 until 1997 representing the Donegal North East constituency.

In latter years he was best known for the Island of Ireland Peace Park in Flanders, which remembers the Irish dead of the first World War.

He and Unionist community leader Glenn Barr conceived of the park after a visit to the Western Front in 1996. Mr Barr died in October.

The Island of Ireland Peace Park was opened on Armistice Day 1998 by President Mary McAleese in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II and King Albert of the Belgians.

1983: At the New Ireland Forum, (L to R) Fine Gael members, Myra Barry TD, Enda Kenny TD, John Kelly TD, Paddy Harte TD and Maurice Manning TD. Photograph: Pat Langan
1983: At the New Ireland Forum, (L to R) Fine Gael members, Myra Barry TD, Enda Kenny TD, John Kelly TD, Paddy Harte TD and Maurice Manning TD. Photograph: Pat Langan

Donegal-based minister Joe McHugh said Mr Harte had left a lasting peace process legacy through his cross-community and cross-Border work.

“I went into politics after Paddy but was acutely aware when I entered Dáil Eireann of his work before me for the people of County Donegal,”said Minister McHugh.

“He also did incredible work to build bridges on this island during many dark days for our people and his lasting legacy will be the Island of Ireland Peace Park in Flanders, Belgium.

“I want to express my deepest sympathies to his family and friends at this time. Go ndéana Dia trócaire air”.

Mr Harte, from Raphoe, is survived by his wife Rosaleen and extended family including son Jimmy, a former Senator.

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