Edward Haughey, Baron Ballyedmond

The Lord Ballyedmond
Member of the
House of Lords
In office
18 June 2004  13 March 2014
In office
13 December 1994  26 June 2002
Constituency Nominated by the Taoiseach
Personal details
Born Edward Enda Haughey
(1944-01-05)5 January 1944
Kilcurry, County Louth, Ireland
Died 13 March 2014(2014-03-13) (aged 70)
Gillingham, Norfolk, England
Cause of death Helicopter crash
Nationality Irish-British
Political party Fianna Fáil (Ireland)
Conservative (Britain)
Ulster Unionist Party (Northern Ireland)
Spouse(s) Mary Young
Children 3
Occupation Entrepreneur, politician, activist
Religion Roman Catholicism

Edward Enda "Eddie" Haughey,[1] Baron Ballyedmond, OBE, FRCVS,[2] (5 January 1944 – 13 March 2014) was an Irish-British entrepreneur and politician.

With an estimated personal wealth of €780 million (£650 million/USD$1,078 million),[3] he was the second-richest person in Northern Ireland,[4] ninth-richest in Ireland 250 member list and was joint 132nd-richest person in the United Kingdom.[5]


Edward Haughey[6] was born in Kilcurry, north of Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland in 1944 and educated by the Christian Brothers in Dundalk.[7]

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.[8][9]


On 18 June 2004, Haughey was created a life peer as Baron Ballyedmond, of Mourne in the County of Down[10] 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.[11] 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,[12] 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.[13] 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".[14]

Haughey served as an Honorary Consul to the Republic of Chile.[15]

Haughey was the Mid Ulster Branch patron of the National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association.[16][17]


In 1972, Haughey married Mary Gordon Young, a solicitor, who survives him with their daughter and two sons, Caroline, Edward and James.[18]


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.[19][20] 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.[21]

See also


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  2. "Lord Ballyedmond profile at". TheyWorkForYou. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  3. Dan Keenan. "NI's richest man Eddie Haughey dies in helicopter crash". The Irish Times. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  4. "Irish Left Review: Poverty and Class in Northern Ireland". Webcache.googleusercontent.com. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  5. "Lord Ballyedmond sees fortune grow by £60 million in year". Newsandstar.co.uk. 26 April 2010. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  6. norbrookpricing (31 March 2011). "Lord Ballyedmond, Junior Minister Gerry Kelly, Mr. Thomas Muller, Chilean Ambassador to the UK and Junior Minister Robin Newton". Flickr. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  7. "Edward Haughey profile at ZoomInfo (Business People Information)". Zoominfo.com. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  8. UK peer returned home to earn his fortune, independent.ie; accessed 21 March 2014.
  9. Karen Robinson (14 October 2010). "They've really gone to town". Property.timesonline.co.uk. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  10. The London Gazette: no. 57336. p. 7873. 24 June 2004.
  11. "The biggest Conservative donors from beyond the Square Mile". Thebureauinvestigates.com. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  12. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 50361. p. 10. 31 December 1985.
  13. University of Ulster Honour for Lord Ballyesmond, news.ulster.ac.uk/releases, 1 July 2008; accessed 21 March 2014.
  14. "Press release: Lesley Yellowlees pays tribute to Lord Ballyedmond". Royal Society of Chemistry. 14 March 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  15. norbrookpricing (31 March 2011). "CA-NI-Group". Flickr. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  16. The National Malaya & Borneo Veterans Association (23 October 2010). "Presentation Ceremony at Ballyedmond Castle". Nmbva-ulster.co.uk. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  17. "Ulster Reform Club Lunch". NMBVA-Ulster.co.uk. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  18. Obituary, telegraph.co.uk; accessed 24 March 2014.
  19. "Norbrook boss Lord Haughey killed in helicopter crash". Newrytimes.com. 24 January 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  20. Dan Keenan. "NI's richest man dies in helicopter crash". The Irish Times. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  21. "Norfolk helicopter crash leaves four dead". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
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