Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Former EU competition Commissioner Peter Sutherland dies at 71

Former EU competition Commissioner Peter Sutherland dies at 71

Sutherland's family says he died Sunday at a Dublin hospital after a long illness.

President Michael D Higgins said Mr Sutherland had left "an important legacy".

Mr Sutherland, a former European Commissioner and United Nations' special representative on worldwide migration, died in hospital in Dublin on Sunday after a long illness.

"Peter was dedicated to his family and I extend my honest condolences to Maruja, Shane, Natalia and Ian, his wider family and his wide circle of friends around the world".

Sutherland was probably best known in Britain for his role in the sometimes turbulent affairs of BP, but his own assessment of his achievements placed his wide-ranging work in the worldwide public arena well ahead of his boardroom battle honours.

As AG, Mr Sutherland said the wording of the amendment was flawed and would cause considerable difficulty for medical practitioners.

In 2006, Sutherland was named as UN Special Representative for Migration, a position which he retained for the rest of his life. He was a statesman in every sense of the word; an Irishman, a committed European and a proud internationalist.

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Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said he was "deeply saddened" by the news.

His business roles included stints as chairman of Allied Irish Bank, finance firm Goldman Sachs and oil company BP.

"In recent years he dedicated his skills and extensive experience to serving for the United Nations where he was tireless in highlighting the plight of migrants". He was the United Nations special represenative for global migration in recent years.

He was also a former director-general of the World Trade Organisation. Peter was a great man and a great friend of the global trading system.

"His work was based on having a rule based society to protect the weak and not just the interests of the strong".

"He had a passion for public affairs and made a significant contribution to Ireland, Europe and the world over a number of decades".

A barrister by profession, Mr Sutherland held several prestigious worldwide positions in his lifetime as one of Ireland's most influential businessmen. Four years later he was nominated as Ireland's European Union commissioner. In his capacity as European Commissioner for Competition he revolutionised competition and trade laws.

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