2nd January 2018

Councillor Kieran Quinn: Statement from Fossil Free Greater Manchester

Like others who had known him, we at Fossil Free Greater Manchester were shocked and saddened to hear of Councillor Kieran Quinn’s untimely and sudden death during the Christmas holiday. Along with many civic roles, Cllr Quinn chaired the Greater Manchester Pension Fund and was open and courteous in communicating with us on behalf of the Fund.

Our campaign was formed to challenge the Fund’s fossil fuel investments, arguing for their divestment. We differed on the value of shareholder engagement with fossil fuel companies but were encouraged by the Fund’s moves to understand climate change risks. We respected Cllr Quinn’s dedication and commitment to securing the best results for Fund members and beneficiaries and recognise the work the Fund, under his leadership, has done to provide local investments and to invest in renewable energy.

Our condolences and best wishes are with his family and colleagues at this sad time.