Conor Cruise O'Brien, an Irish
diplomat, politician, man of letters and public intellectual who staked
out an independent position for Ireland in the United Nations
and, despite his Catholic origins, championed the rights of
Protestants in Northern Ireland has. He was 91
As a diplomat, he helped chart Ireland's course as an independent, anticolonialist voice at the United Nations and played a critical role in the United Nations intervention in Congo in 1961.