Colum Eastwood: Liam Clarke never gave politicians an easy ride

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Liam Clarke is one of the most recognisable names in Irish journalism.

That’s due not only to his distinguished career and remarkable work ethic but to his warm character and his good nature.

News of Liam’s passing is incredibly sad, especially over the Christmas period.

Never one to give any politician an easy ride, Liam’s enduring professional qualities were his straight talking style and his dogged determination. A good journalist and a good man, he will be sorely missed.

I want to extend my deepest sympathies and those of the SDLP to Liam’s family and friends at this very difficult time.

Colum Eastwood MLA, SDLP leader