Foyle MP Mark Durkan pays tribute to 'trusted friend' Paul Goggins
Foyle MP Mark Durkan has paid tribute to his "trusted friend", former NIO minister Paul Goggins MP, who died last week after he collapsed while out running.
Mr Goggins, who had been an MP since 1997 and served as a minister under both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, died with his wife Wyn and three grown-up children by his bedside.
He was receiving treatment for a suspected brain haemorrhage after collapsing while running with his son on December 30.
Mr Durkan said: "If every MP from different parties had been asked to have a list of their three nicest and wisest MPs, Paul Goggins would be on every one of them, except his own," he said.
"He was a true gentleman and a very special and caring person. He was sound on issues, good with ideas and true to his ideals."
Labour boss Ed Miliband, shadow health secretary Andy Burnham and Speaker John Bercow were among political figures who joined Mr Goggins' family for his funeral at Salford Cathedral.