James Temple-Smithson remembered
It is with profound sadness that the European Parliament Liaison Office in Ireland mourns the loss of our Head of Office, James Temple-Smithson, who died on Wednesday, 13th December following a long illness.
James was posted to Ireland to serve as Head of Office in Dublin in 2016. In that role, he earned the gratitude of Irish Members of the European Parliament, the deep respect of his hierarchy, the admiration and friendship of his colleagues throughout the Parliament and the profound affection and loyalty of his team in Ireland.
From the start of his seven year term in Ireland, James developed strong relations with partners in civil society, politics and administration, significantly raising the visibility of European parliamentary democracy in Ireland.
James began his career at the European Parliament in Brussels working for the European People's Party political group. He was later appointed Head of the European Parliament Liaison Office in Edinburgh, before returning to Brussels to join the cabinet of the Secretary-General.
We will remember James as a friend and colleague who deeply cared about the people he worked with and the people he served as an official of the European Union. He was well known and respected for his warmth, gentle humour and conscientious nature by MEPs, colleagues and the European Parliament’s partners in Ireland, Scotland and throughout the EU.
His contribution to the work of the EPLO in Ireland, and to the wider Parliament, will never be forgotten.
Our thoughts are with his wife, Jane, his children, Gabriel and Bruno, and his extended family and friends.
A book of condolences is open at Europe House, Dublin until Friday, 12th January 2024.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.