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Editor's Viewpoint: Entrepreneur's sad loss is a blow to family and to Newry

Brian Conlon, who has passed away aged 53
Brian Conlon, who has passed away aged 53

Editor's Viewpoint

Brian Conlon was the sort of entrepreneur that Northern Ireland needs more of. The founder of Newry financial technology company First Derivatives, he grew it from small beginnings to one valued at £1bn and employing 2,000 people. Based in the border city, it was a global success story.

His death at the cruelly early age of 53 is a bitter blow to his family, to whom we send our condolences, but also to the wider business community. In 2014 this newspaper recognised him as our Business Personality of the Year for his outstanding work. He leaves a rich legacy in an outstanding company, but also a family void which can never be filled.

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