Peter Sutherland

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Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary. As gridlock gripped Dublin’s roads in the early years of the century, he bought a taxi licence and plate for his own car, allowing him to use bus lanes to sail past bumper-to-bumper traffic on the way to his office at the airport every morning. File photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

In 2001, British Airways’ budget offshoot Go began flying from Dublin to Glasgow and Edinburgh. “It’s about time Irish travellers had the opportunity (...)

A billboard features an image of China’s late former leader Deng Xiaoping in Shenzhen at the weekend. The Chinese government will continue a multi-year effort against pollution, poverty and financial sector risks, while underlining commitment to the multilateral global trading system,  President Xi Jinping said at a Beijing ceremony celebrating 40 years of reform and opening up. Photograph: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

A major exhibition at Beijing’s National Museum, which celebrates 40 years of reform and opening up, credits late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping with ge(...)

Anti-abortion demonstrators outside Leinster House in 1983. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The referendum’s outcome brings to a close a 35-year political war that convulsed Irish politics in a succession of bitter controversies and referendu(...)

Deputy leader of the Labour Party  Barry Desmond (right) with party leader  Dick Spring, in 1987. Mr Desmond, who represented Dún Laoghaire, recalls being denounced by priests from the altar. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

The late Fine Gael taoiseach Dr Garret FitzGerald was “ politically railroaded’’ by Fianna Fáil’s Charles Haughey into agreeing to the controversial 1(...)

The Eighth Amendment wording would ‘lead inevitably to confusion and uncertainty, not merely amongst the medical profession... but also amongst lawyers,’ Peter Sutherland wrote.

On February 15th 1983, Garret FitzGerald’s government took the usual step of publishing the advice of his attorney general Peter Sutherland on the Eig(...)

 Peter Sutherland foretold in 1983 of unintended legal consequences, medical uncertainty and unpredictable Supreme Court rulings arising from the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Jack McManus

Peter Sutherland, whose funeral took place this week, was a central figure in the drama surrounding the introduction of the Eighth Amendment of the Co(...)

President Micheal D Higgins and his wife, Sabina, sympathising with Peter Sutherland’s wife,  Maruja,  at his funeral in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The great, broad sweep of Peter Sutherland’s life, loves and many achievements were represented in abundance on Thursday at his packed funeral service(...)

Peter Sutherland:  President Michael D Higgins  commended his efforts in “tirelessly campaigning for global solutions to human trafficking and forced migration”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The funeral of former attorney general and statesman Peter Sutherland is to take place on Thursday in Donnybrook in Dublin. His remains reposed at Ca(...)

Tough job: EU Commissioner for budget Günther Oettinger. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

They fired the gun for the off on Monday in Brussels on a process that is at least as complex and divisive as Brexit, and one that will preoccupy and (...)

The move to globalisation has fractured, with the election of Donald Trump and the Brexit vote seen in part as a political kickback, reflecting popular disillusionment of the trend to free trade and movement of people. Photograph: Getty Images

Brought in as head of GATT to rescue faltering world trade negotiations in July 1993, Peter Sutherland told the story of how he was greeted in his fir(...)

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