Seanad Éireann - Volume 72 - 23 February, 1972

Death of Member: Expression of Sympathy.

An Cathaoirleach: Senators will have learned with deep regret of the death this morning of our colleague Senator James Dunne.

Born in Dublin some 50 years ago, he started work at an early age. Although he received little formal schooling he was an omnivorous reader and later attended University College, Dublin, where he was awarded an honours diploma in social and economic studies. A trade union official for some years, he became general secretary of the Marine Port and General Workers Union in 1957. He was for a period President of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.

At the general election in 1969 he was elected to the Labour Panel of the Seanad on the nomination of the Congress.

Senator Dunne was of a kindly and friendly disposition in his personal relations, and his personality endeared him to all with whom he came in contact. His contributions both in the Seanad and outside were outstanding for their sincerity and courage. In Senator Dunne we have lost a colleague whose gifts of intelligence and humanity were widely appreciated. His untimely death will be keenly felt by all Members.

To the widow and children of the late Senator I shall convey, on your behalf and on my own, our deepest sympathy. Solas Dé lena anam.

Senators rose in their places.