Tribute to Cormac Ó Braonáin
Posted on December 20, 2019
As we approach the end of the year, this last week has been very much overshadowed by sad news, with the sudden death of Cormac Ó Braonáin, national Chairperson of Labour Youth, and a good friend and comrade. Along with other Labour colleagues, and TDs and Senators from other parties and groups, I spoke in the Oireachtas this week to express my sympathies to his family, friends and to the many communities with which he had been so actively involved.
Below I enclose the text of my tribute to Cormac, spoken on the Seanad Order of Business (18th December).
I will be in touch again in January with an update from the Seanad. In the meantime, may I wish you the very best for Christmas and New Year,
An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business – Seanad 18th December 2019 – Ivana Bacik
I know that yesterday in this House and the other House, tributes were paid to Cormac Ó Braonáin who died so tragically at the weekend at the age of 19. He was national chairperson of Labour Youth. I add my voice to those as a friend and comrade of Cormac. I express my sincere sympathies to his parents, Lú and Eva, his sister Muireann, and his family and friends. I had the great pleasure of knowing Cormac well. I canvassed with him over many different campaigns during recent years. For someone so young he had incredible reach, charisma, leadership and talent. I was at the vigil for him in Lios na nÓg, his former school in Ranelagh, where so many people spoke movingly of their own knowledge of him, friendship with him and of his work with the scouting movement. He was a leader in the scouting movement and the Irish language movement, and within his school communities as well. He is an incredible loss to us in the Labour Party, to all of us who knew him and to all the many people and communities he touched.