Northern Ireland economist dies following battle with illness
A Northern Ireland economist who died after a long illness had a "powerful intellect" and a deep interest in his subject, colleagues said.
Graeme Hutchinson died last month at the age of 47.
He had been suffering from leukaemia.
Mr Hutchinson had been director of economic policy in the then Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment when he first fell ill. He also worked as a principal economist in the Department of Finance and Personnel's research and briefing branch.
The Belfast man had also worked at Ulster University as a lecturer and also helped set up the university's economic policy centre.
Speaking about Mr Hutchinson, Gareth Hetherington, director of the centre, said: "First and foremost, Graeme was a true gentleman who will be missed by all who knew him.
"On a professional level, he had a powerful intellect and deep in economics."
Mr Hetherington added: "He worked selflessly for the betterment of Northern Ireland and was fundamental to the establishment of the economic policy centre at Ulster University.
"We all owe him a debt of gratitude."