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NUJ expresses sympathy following death of Damian O'Brien

11 December 2009

The body discovered in the Grand Canal near Dublin city centre yesterday has been formally identified this afternoon as Damien O'Brien. The NUJ activist had been missing since 27 November.

The NUJ has expressed sympathy his family, work colleagues and friends. Union members had joined colleagues from Fáilte Ireland, the Irish tourism body, in the search over the past week.

37-year-old Damian O'Brien was an active member of the NUJ in Dublin. He served as secretary of the NUJ chapel at Fáilte Ireland and was this year elected as a member of the committee of the Dublin Publications and Public Relations branch.

Séamus Dooley, NUJ Irish Secretary, said:

"Damian brought passion and flair to his role as Fáilte Ireland's Development Officer for Arts and Contemporary Culture and his death is a loss to Irish tourism. Among my own personal memories is Damian's pride in the magnificent Fáilte Ireland garden at the Bloom Festival in the Phoenix Park. As always he was a gracious host and his enthusiasm was infectious.
"Damian was also a diligent and conscientious union member. Prior to his disappearance, Damian had completed a two-day officer training course run by the NUJ and had participated in the workshops with characteristic good humour. He returned to the office on Friday afternoon imbued with determination to develop his work at chapel and branch level.
"Damian was a loyal colleague and the response to his disappearance reflected the deep affection in which he was held at every level within Fáilte Ireland and the wider tourism and hospitality industry.
"To his mother, relatives, family, friends and colleagues I would like to offer the sympathy of NUJ members everywhere."

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