Paddy Duffy: Trusted adviser to Bertie Ahern during peace process
PADDY Duffy was a trusted adviser to Bertie Ahern during his rise to taoiseach and worked closely with him during the peace process.
The Co Meath man, who died at Heathrow Airport while travelling back to Dublin with Mr Ahern from Papua New Guinea last week, first worked with him when he was elected a TD in 1977.
He served as his press secretary as finance minister and then as Fianna Fáil's 'chef de cabinet' - cabinet chief - when Mr Ahern led it in opposition between 1994 and 1997.
He was then his special adviser and speech writer as taoiseach until 1999.
The former Gaelscoil principal also worked on Mary McAleese’s successful presidential election campaign in 1997.
Later he ran a consultancy specialising in education and advised property developers.
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said he was "an incredibly affable and creative person who put his heart and soul into whatever role he had".
Former Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams said Mr Duffy was part of a Fianna Fáil delegation that was authorised by Charlie Haughey to meet with his party twice in 1988.
“Later, he worked closely with Bertie Ahern during the Good Friday Agreement negotiations and in the following years.
“I met Paddy on many occasions. He was a very likeable man. I am sure that among his many friends none more so than Bertie Ahern will grieve at his passing."
Mr Duffy, who lived in Swords, Co Dublin, died aged 75 on October 17.