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Taoiseach pays tribute to Frank Murray

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has learned with sadness of the death of Frank Murray, former Secretary General to the Government.

Mr Murray served at the Land Commission, the Houses of the Oireachtas and at the Department of the Taoiseach where he worked in a number of Divisions before becoming Secretary General to the Government (1993 to 2000).He had also served as Private Secretary to then Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave. On retiring he assumed a number of roles including as Commissioner on the Independent Commission for the Location of Victim's Remains, in which he was currently serving.

He was also involved in the Military History of Ireland Trust and was a strong supporter of the Institute of Public Administration, for which he served in several capacities.

Extending his condolences the Taoiseach said:

Frank Murray was an exceptional public servant. He enjoyed a long and distinguished career in the Civil Service and I want to acknowledge his many years of loyal service to many Governments. In particular, I also want to acknowledge the professionalism and sensitivity he brought to his work over the past number of years at the Independent Commission. He was also a proud Leitrim man who never forgot his roots.

In extending his deepest sympathies to Frank's wife Maureen, to his children Geraldine, Paul, Catherine and Ciara and to his extended family, the Taoiseach said they should take great pride and consolation in Franks wonderful service to Ireland.