Edward Haughey, Baron Ballyedmond
|The Lord Ballyedmond
|Member of the
House of Lords
18 June 2004 – 13 March 2014
13 December 1994 – 26 June 2002
|Constituency||Nominated by the Taoiseach|
|Born||Edward Enda Haughey
5 January 1944
Kilcurry, County Louth, Ireland
|Died||13 March 2014
Gillingham, Norfolk, England
|Cause of death||Helicopter crash|
|Political party||Fianna Fáil (Ireland)
Ulster Unionist Party (Northern Ireland)
|Occupation||Entrepreneur, politician, activist|
With an estimated personal wealth of €780 million (£650 million/USD$1,078 million), he was the second-richest person in Northern Ireland, ninth-richest in Ireland 250 member list and was joint 132nd-richest person in the United Kingdom.
Having emigrated to the United States and begun a career in the pharmaceutical industry Edward Haughey returned to Northern Ireland starting Norbrook Group as a pioneer in contract manufacture of products for multinationals. Instead of merely being content to process products from other companies Norbrook developed proprietary lines and international manufacturing and distribution.
Properties owned by Haughey include Ballyedmond Castle in Rostrevor, Corby Castle in Cumbria, Gillingham Hall, Norfolk, Belgrave Square #9, London (a 6-storey townhouse purchased in 2006 for about £12m, restored during the following three years) and a Georgian house on Dublin's Fitzwilliam Square.
On 18 June 2004, Haughey was created a life peer as Baron Ballyedmond, of Mourne in the County of Down and sat in the British House of Lords on behalf of the Ulster Unionist Party, before switching to the Conservative Party. He donated £50,000 to the Conservative Party in 2010. He was previously named to the Irish Senate in 1994, and was the third politician in nearly 80 years to have sat in both countries' upper houses, after the Earl of Longford in the 1940s and the Earl of Iveagh in the 1970s.
He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1986 New Year Honours, and in 2008 was awarded an honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. On 1 July 2008 Haughey was made an Honorary Doctor of Science (DSc) by the University of Ulster in recognition of his contribution to the development of the international pharmaceutical industry. Tax-deductible donations have been made by Norbrook to the UU. The same year, he was also made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (HonFRSC), "in recognition of his unparalleled contribution to the chemical sciences".
In 1972, Haughey married Mary Gordon Young, a solicitor, who survives him with their daughter and two sons, Caroline, Edward and James.
On 13 March 2014, it was reported that Edward Haughey had been one of four killed in a helicopter crash in Norfolk, England, while travelling in an AgustaWestland AW139 type helicopter. Although the cause of the crash had not been determined, witnesses reported fog in the area and confirmed that the crash had occurred very soon after take-off. Colleague/site foreman Declan Small (a native of Mayobridge, County Down), and helicopter pilots Captains Carl Dickerson and Lee Hoyle were also killed.
He left a personal fortune in his will of £339million .
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