Northern Ireland

Lord Ballyedmond: The peer who built an empire

Dr Edward Haughey pictured with his wife, Mary, was among four people who died in the crash Image copyright PAcemaker
Image caption Dr Edward Haughey pictured with his wife, Mary, was among four people who died in the crash

Dr Edward Haughey, who has been killed in a helicopter crash in Norfolk, was one of Northern Ireland's richest men.

Born in Kilcurry, north of Dundalk, County Louth, in 1944, he was educated at the Christian Brothers in Dundalk.

The 70-year-old, who later took the title Lord Ballyedmond, was chairman and founder of leading veterinary pharmaceuticals company Norbrook Laboratories in Newry, County Down.

The firm employs 1,700 people in Northern Ireland and is one of Northern Ireland's largest exporters.

In 2008, he was made an Honorary Doctor of Science (DSc) by the University of Ulster, in recognition of his contribution to the development of the international pharmaceutical industry.

The peer's fortune was estimated at more than £600m.

Lord Ballyedmond once owned Carlisle Airport and he started an air travel business, principally Haughey Air, which owned a helicopter charter company.

He owned Ballyedmond Castle in Rostrevor, County Down, and Corby Castle in Cumbria.

He also had a six-storey town house in Belgrave Square in London and owned land in Uganda, and several islands in Lake Victoria.

In 2004, Edward Haughey was made a life peer as Baron Ballyedmond of Mourne in County Down and sat in the House of Lords on behalf of the Ulster Unionist Party, before switching to the Conservative Party.

He was appointed to the Irish Senate in the 1990s by Albert Reynolds, and then by Bertie Ahern.

He was a member of the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation and the British-Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body. He also served as an honorary consul to the Republic of Chile.

He leaves his wife, two sons and a daughter.

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