Sudden and Tragic Loss of a Fine Colleague
Deaglán de Bréadún
The late Eugene Moloney was not a politician but he covered politics at its rawest and most edgy in Northern Ireland. Most of my memories of him derive from that period in his career.
It was a great shock to read the reports that in the early hours of Sunday morning he was the victim of an assault and died as a result of a blow to the head.
That this should happen in Dublin’s Camden Street is another shock. A busy place at all times, it is also a street full of vibrancy and bustle – not the kind of wasteland one usually associates with an attack of this kind.
Eugene was 55 years of age but looked a lot younger. His demeanour was also youthful and he exuded energy and zest for living. How tragic that his life has been cut short and in so brutal a fashion.
He was great to work with. Despite the fact that they may be employed by rival organisations, journalists generally cooperate quite a lot with one another (unless, of course, you get a scoop!)because, in the words of the legendary John Healy: “The good turn always comes back.”
I met Eugene recently and he told me of his travels in the Far East. I expressed my genuine pleasure at seeing him again – never expecting that this would be our last conversation.
One of the many heartfelt tributes to Eugene describes him as “an old-school hack”. He was one of a decreasing band of journalists who see their function as “to get the story out” and not worry about inserting their own opinion or about the political slant that may be put on it by others who read it.
Eugene Moloney will be greatly missed. He still had a lot more to contribute to journalism and to this country. The brutal manner of his death and in such a public place fill one with despair about the way our society is heading.
Suaimhneas síoraí dá anam uasal/Eternal rest to his noble soul.