Death of Dr. Patrick Hillery

May 22, 1923 - April 12, 2008
| Age 84

Former Irish President dies at 84
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Former Irish President Patrick Hillery died Saturday at age 84 and will receive a full state funeral, the government announced.

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

As foreign minister, Hillery negotiated Ireland's 1973 entry to 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.<...

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