It was with much regret that Irish Heritage learned of the death of its Patron, Peter Sutherland on 7th January.
Mr Sutherland, who had been ill for some months, passed away in St James’ Hospital in Dublin surrounded by his immediate family. He was 71. During an exceptional and long career Mr Sutherland served with distinction in a number of senior positions in the worlds of law, business and government. He served as Attorney General in Ireland on two occasions. He was also Director General of the World Trade Organisation, European Commissioner for Competition, Chairman of the London School of Economics, Chairman of British Petroleum, Chairman of AIB and Goldman Sachs International and most recently, the United Nations special representative for international migration.
Despite the demands of his business career, Mr Sutherland was a dedicated supporter of many organisations that are committed to making the world a better place including the Ireland Fund of Great Britain, education in general and University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin in particular. In that context he set up the Erasmus Student Exchange Programme which has benefitted thousands of young European students. He was also a passionate and proud supporter of the Leinster and Ireland rugby teams.
He became a patron of Irish Heritage in 2013 and was an enthusiastic advocate of the arts including the Wexford Festival Opera.