Ben Briscoe Obituary, Death – It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you of the demise of our coworker and friend, Ben Briscoe. Everyone who worked alongside Ben over his 37 years in the House of Representatives for Fianna Fáil has great memories of him. He was a pillar of our democratic parliament, enjoying widespread support from members of all political parties thanks to his endearing sense of humor and upstanding character. As a whip, a member of the Public Accounts Committee, and a forerunner of the Oireachtas Commission, he worked to develop a system of accountability for public spending and to ensure decent conditions for those who work in our parliament.
He also worked to ensure that people who work in our parliament have decent conditions. Ben was an advocate for the communities on the Southside of Dublin that he so proudly represented. Ben’s primary concern was to secure assistance for the people who were in the greatest need of it. He abhorred politics that was harmful and believed that it was the responsibility of all representatives to make an effort to collaborate. On numerous instances, he would insist that colleagues from other parties be included in debates, and he never sought an unfair advantage in the process.
especially when confronted with strident criticism, he never wavered in his unwavering commitment to the provision of vital services, especially in trying circumstances such as the adoption of innovative drug treatment methods. Ben Briscoe was the son of Bob Briscoe, who was a significant player in Ireland’s revolutionary battle, a founder of Fianna Fáil, a member of Dáil Éireann for 34 years, and one of the most prominent ever holders of the post of Lord Mayor of Dublin. Bob Briscoe was also the father of Ben Briscoe. Ben Briscoe was the son of Bob Briscoe. Bob was also a prominent champion for Jewish communities in Germany, and he raised his voice in opposition to Hitler and everything he stood for.
Ben spent his childhood in a large family with many amazing siblings, one of them was his late brother Joe, who held a commission in our armed forces for one of the longest periods of time in the history of our country. Ben’s upbringing in his family instilled in him a profound republicanism as well as a sense of pride in the history of both Ireland and his family’s Jewish background. Today, Carol Briscoe, Ben’s wife, and the entire Briscoe family are in our thoughts and prayers.