Summit off after Kenny bereavement

 

The British-Irish Council Summit, which was to take place in Dublin tomorrow has been postponed as a mark of respect following the death of Eithne Kenny, the mother of the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.

Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg had been due to attend the summit meeting. It would have marked his first official visit to Ireland as Deputy Prime Minister

The British-Irish Council was established under the Belfast Agreement of Good Friday 1998 to promote mutually beneficial relationships between the governments and administrations of Ireland, the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.

Mrs Kenny died in Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar yesterday morning surrounded by her family. She was 93.

She is survived by her five children, four sons John, Henry, Enda and Kieran and her daughter Marie Hastings.

Mrs Kenny was actively involved in the political life of the county for more than 60 years and was described by friends as a woman of great spirit, encouragement and generosity.

The funeral will take place tomorrow.