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April 13, 2008


Former president of Ireland

Former Irish President Patrick Hillery died yesterday and will receive a full state funeral, the government announced.

Mr. Hillery died in a Dublin hospice after a short, undisclosed illness, the government said.

As foreign minister, Mr. Hillery negotiated Ireland's 1973 entry into the future European Union. He served two terms as president, Ireland's symbolic head of state, and ran unopposed both times - an unprecedented concession that reflected his cross-party popularity.

Leaders from all parties lauded Mr. Hillery as an impartial and ethical politician, who confronted anti-British extremism and lax ethical standards within his own party, Fianna Fail.

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