Tallaght group CCIFV would like to pass on our condolences to John’s wife Pat and their family at this sad time of John’s passing.
Michael Blanch of CCIFV commented “John was a visionary, a passionate pacifist and peace maker that Ireland and the World will greatly miss. CCIFV on behalf of the victims and exiles of An Gorta Mor and the Irish people home and abroad would like to tell a little story to thank John, in the early day’s of the campaign for a National Famine Commemoration Day. John just happened to be going into Leinster House when he stood under the Banner and was one of the first to sign the Petition without hesitation outside Leinster House when the Government were blocking the campaign and some parties were reluctant to support the cause. A man ahead of his time on the diverse communities and divided politics that he brought along with his dream through hard work, persistence and a firm belief on the path to peace. John was a visionary the architect of the Peace Agreement and the peace we all enjoy on this little Island today. That is his lasting legacy, lasting peace. United in the Light of Peace.”