“I wish to pay tribute to the memory of Padraig Faulkner, who died last week.
We represented neighbouring counties, but different political parties, and we had many friends in common.
Padraig Faulkner always impressed me as a man of sincere principle.
As he describes well in his excellent autobiography, he came from a politically divided family, his mother being a republican, and his father being a constitutional nationalist.
I believe this made him especially attentive to points of view other than his own.
He was a progressive and tolerant Minister for Education, who understood the value of technology, and also that of ethos and tradition.”