When former Taoiseach Charles Haughey made bold plans for Eire EU presidency in 1990, he elected the journalist and economist Liam Cahill as his press chief in Brussels.
There was preliminary rigidity with profession diplomats on the Irish EU embassy, however the Waterford man, who had impressed Mr Haughey together with his energy of character and mind, overcame this with kindness and good humor and was quickly a central determine amongst media figures from around the globe Europe.
That nation’s six-month EU presidency got here at a time of nice turbulence, with the autumn of the Berlin Wall and decisive steps in the direction of making a single forex, however Eire’s efforts had been properly acquired, thanks partially to Mr Cahill’s astute public relations work.
Mr. Cahill, who sadly handed away immediately, returned to his work as RTÉ after ending his job with the state press service, he labored for some time as a political journalist.
Nevertheless, he quickly transitioned into public relations, working for AIB and Intel earlier than founding his personal consulting agency to advise a variety of presidency businesses, political and social organizations, monetary homes and others over the subsequent 30 years.
He was a pleasant man with an excellent humorousness and a variety of pursuits together with sports activities, historical past, literature and languages.
A Waterford Metropolis native, he was a passionate supporter of his county hurling group. He traveled to as many video games as doable, spoke fluent Irish and was an everyday contributor to Raidió na Gaeltachta.
For a time, he ran a web site principally dedicated to slingshots, titled “An Worry Rua” — a nickname he earned in his youth due to his pink hair.
He had a lifelong curiosity in Labor historical past and revealed it in 1990 Forgotten Revolutionthe historical past of the Limerick Soviet of 1919 celebrated by Limerick Socialist TD Jim Kemmy, himself an authority on the topic.
In 2019 Mr Cahill revisited this story of how unionists dominated the town of Limerick for every week and revealed a brand new version of this e-book, superbly written in probably the most accessible language.
He had robust left-wing views in his youth which diminished with age, however he remained a robust supporter of Labor and unions all through his life.
Earlier in life he had labored as a civil servant after which as a union official earlier than becoming a member of RTÉ as an business correspondent, ultimately reporting on politics at Leinster Home, the place he caught the attention of Mr Haughey.
Lord Cahill, who spent most of his grownup life in Co Meath, was predeceased by his spouse Patricia and is survived by his daughter Susan and son Eoin, and sister Might.