connect 2018 • 52 PRESIDENT OF IRELAND MICHAEL D. HIGGINS “As part of a long and extensive contribution to Irish public life, Maurice Hayes chaired the National Forum on Europe, and his approach was widely praised by all political persuasions. He brought a strong commitment to a pluralist and inclusive vision of society to his work in Seanad Éireann and as Ombudsman for Northern Ireland. Interested in the Irish abroad as well as at home, he was a distinguished chairman of The Ireland Funds and a lifelong supporter of sports and the Irish language.” AN TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR “Dr. Hayes was a pivotal figure in Northern Ireland and also made a significant contribution to poli- tics across the island.” “He helped to change the course of policing in the North through his work with the Patten Commission. As the first Catholic appointed as Ombudsman in Northern Ireland, he helped to bring about lasting change in its society.” FORMER FIRST MINISTER LORD TRIMBLE “Maurice was a hugely distinguished public servant who coped well in the face of extreme difficulties due to terrorist violence and political instability. “By and large society has succeeded, and Maurice certainly played a role in that.” CANON SEAN ROGAN “Maurice Hayes was diamond standard—a many-faceted life full of colour and intensity and brilliance.” DR. MAURICE HAYES