We regret to announce the passing of MNI Treasurer Niall Irwin
It is with deepest regret that we learnt on Sunday morning about the passing of Niall Irwin, Director at W. D. Irwin & Sons Ltd. and Treasurer of Manufacturing Northern Ireland.
Niall had been ill for some time but throughout he maintained a passion for ensuring our local manufacturing across sector was valued, celebrated and supported. He understood the value of work and how that created strong families and communities.
Niall revelled in a self-penned, playful reputation of “cautious when it comes to the money” but the truth was he was enormously generous to many groups and causes and particularly in sharing his experience, time and considerable wisdom.
This was particularly evident in the campaign to retain the industrial derating policy for local manufacturers. Meeker men may have given up and fatalistically accepted the end of this policy, but Niall was one of the leaders which has maintained this £58m a year support for the sector for all local manufacturing firms.
Niall was always focused and encouraged us all to question the received opinion of the establishment view. He enjoyed holding people to account and was a fierce advocate for the sector, ensuring that the conditions were right to allow firms to grow, compete in markets at home and abroad and provide jobs.
He created and established relationships across Northern Ireland, the food industry and across communities. He contributed in making great bread and bakery products and a better Northern Ireland.
Niall will be hugely missed by all those who worked for and with him. We send our deepest condolences with his wife Kay and sons Ross and Stewart and their families. We also share our thoughts with his sister Lyn and brother Brian and their families and everyone at WD Irwin and Sons, Howell House and Niall’s other businesses.
His funeral will take place on Wednesday 19th December at 2pm at Edenderry Methodist Church in Portadown