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Irish politicians pay tribute to former Senator Dr. Edward Haughey, founder of Norbrook
Members of Seanad Éireann (the Senate), the upper house of the Oireachtas (the Irish legislature) made tributes in honour of former Senator, Dr. Edward Haughey, at their debate on 1 October 2014.
Senator Haughey was a Member of both the 20th and 21st Seanad.
was appointed by Albert Reynolds during the period 1993 to 1997 and by Bertie Ahern from 1997 to 2002.
political career extended further than his
seat in Seanad Éireann, as he
also took a seat as Lord Ballyedmond on the red benches of the House of Lords.
became one of the first Members in decades to sit in both the British and Irish Parliaments.
"As one of the better-known Members of this House, Edward Haughey
was not only recognised for his
memorable contributions here but also will be remembered for his
outstanding business achievements...Dr.
, with so many other Members, championed the cause of Northern Ireland and peace between Northern and Southern Ireland.
At a time when Northern Ireland was suffering a bad reputation abroad, the entrepreneur in Dr. Haughey
began to shine and he
began to invest heavily in industry there.
took over an old factory building and transformed it into a huge pharmaceutical enterprise, namely, Norbrook Laboratories
, which is one of the top pharmaceutical companies in the world."
Fianna Fáil Senator Labhrás Ó Murchú, in his
"Down through the years, many distinguished people have served in Seanad Éireann from the worlds of literature, culture, art, sport, agriculture and industry.
There is no doubt but that Edward Haughey
was foremost among those distinguished people who have served here...
According to Senator Ó Murchú, Senator Haughey, "brought a unique perspective to Northern Ireland," who put into action at home everything he had learned during his time spent in America in the 1960s.
"What was important was his
[Dr Haughey's] political philosophy," added Senator Ó Murchú.
believed that politics was the vehicle towards stability and quality.
That was what was important and he
had a specific vision of stability and equality.
also believed that each individual should be able to aspire through hard work to improving his
own lot, as well as that of the nation..." Today, Norbrook Laboratories
employs over 2,000 people, is present in 115 countries and makes a major economic injection into the local economy.
closing remarks, Senator Ó Murchú recalled Dr Haughey's
motto, which was that he
was 'elated by success but educated by failure'.
"It is one reason he
[Dr Haughey] was so admired, not just on this island but internationally as well.