Death of Richie Ryan former MEP
The European Parliament would like to express its condolences following the death of former MEP Richie Ryan.
Ryan served in the European Parliament as part of Ireland's first delegation in 1973, the year which Ireland joined the European Economic Community and again in the years between 1977 and 1979. The first year of direct elections to the European Parliament in 1979, Ryan won the seat for the Dublin Constituency, and again in the subsequent 1984 European elections. Prior to and throughout his time in European politics, Ryan held political office as a Fine Gael TD for a number of constituencies from 1959 onwards. In 1973 he became Minister for Finance and Minister for the Public Service. Ryan retired from domestic politics in 1982 to focus on his European Parliament seat before becoming a Member of the European Court of Auditors in 1986.
Born in Dublin in 1929 and trained as a solicitor, Ryan sadly passed away on 17 March 2019. He was pre-deceased by his wife Mairéad and he is survived by his five children and their families.