Bishop Brendan Kelly pays tribute to the late Seán Flynn RIP

31 Jan 2014

Bishop Brendan Kelly pays tribute to the late Seán Flynn RIP

Bishop Brendan Kelly, Chair of the Council for Education of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, has issued the following statement on the death Mr Seán Flynn:

Seán Flynn was education correspondent of The Irish Times at a time of great change in the Irish education system during the period 1995 – 2000.  In Seán’s analysis of the debates in preparation for the Education Act and for the Employment Equality Act, and regarding the change in structure of boards of management at primary schools, he was fair and just in his coverage and reportage.  During the education debates of the late 1990s, Seán always treated the different views and submissions made by the education partners with great respect.  Seán was a reporter who always used his gifts to inform his readers.  Seán possessed an inquiring and sharp mind and he put these skills to good use in his determination to present the truth in his media coverage.   As education editor Seán oversaw the publication a weekly education supplement offering a quality analysis of the primary, secondary and tertiary education sectors.  Seán gave particular attention to children with education needs and also concerning the access of children from the Travelling community to education.

I wish to express my deepest sympathies to his wife Elaine, his daughter and sons, and to his colleagues in The Irish Times.  Ar dheis Dé go raibh sé.


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