Belfast Telegraph

Funeral for surgeon and peace-builder John Robb

By Donna Deeney

The funeral has taken place of an esteemed former surgeon and Irish Senator.

John Robb, who was one of the few northern Protestants to have served in the Republic's Seanad, passed away at a Portstewart care home last Wednesday. He was in his mid-80s.

A service of thanksgiving was held at Ballywillan Presbyterian Church in Portrush on Saturday.

Dr Robb made his career as a surgeon.

When the Troubles broke out in the late 1960s he worked to save lives and tend victims.

Outside his medical career Dr Robb lobbied strongly for a much wider vision of Irish society, where Gael and Planter could work together and live in peace.

He formed the New Ireland Group, which promoted a vision of society that could bring together those from the main Orange and Green traditions, as well as others.

Dr Robb served in the Republic's Senate from 1982-1989, and also served on the Senate of Queen's University, Belfast.

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