With the death of Professor Ronan Fanning we have lost one of the most eminent historians of modern Ireland. Most recently author of the authoritative biography Éamon de Valera: A Will to Power which followed in a list of very distinguished publications stretching back to his The Irish Department of Finance 1922-58 published in 1978, Ronan brought his considerable academic talents to bear on the study of many aspects of modern Irish history. As joint editor of the Dictionary of Irish Biography (2009) and of Documents on Irish Foreign Policy he made a substantial contribution to expanding the resources available for scholarship. A brilliant teacher, as Professor of Modern History in UCD he encouraged and inspired new generations of Irish historians. Through his journalism his views reached a wide audience. His loss will be keenly felt.
I express my deepest sympathies to the Fanning family.