Tributes have been paid to well-known politician Terry Brennan who passed away on Saturday.
The Carlingford native served as a Fine Gael councillor in Louth from 1985 to 2011 and was elected to the Seanad in 2011 as part of the Labour Panel.
Terry, who worked in the ESB, was also well-known in GAA circles and was a member of the successful Cooley Kickhams team of the 1970s. One of his career highlights was captaining the team to the Senior Championship in 1973.
Leading the tributes to Terry was An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, who said he was deeply saddened to hear of his passing.
“When I first became a Minister, and Terry was our spokesperson for Tourism and Sport in the Seanad, we worked closely on many issues. I enjoyed sharing ideas and discussing policy and he was always good company and a great source of advice, especially over a pint in The Ginger Man.
“Terry had a passionate interest in developing better North-South relations and he has left a strong legacy in terms of cross-border co-operation.
“A great public representative, Terry always ensured that issues concerning the people of the Cooley Peninsula and the north of Dundalk were to the fore. He was a strong advocate for his constituents both locally and nationally,” continued Mr Varadkar.
Senator John McGahon described his party colleague as being a devoted worker for his constituents.
“Terry was an excellent politician, I remember he showed me a list of over 3,000 names of people whom he had helped resolve issues for.
“He was a meticulous and devoted constituency worker, and also had such a massive personality that it was impossible not to leave his company without a smile on your face.
“Terry was extremely popular in Leinster House, not only with his Fine Gael colleagues but with colleagues of all political parties and none.
“I think it is a real testament to his personality and likeability that he was so respected by all sides of the House,” added John.
Fergus O’Dowd remembered his colleague as a dedicated family man and a great sportsman.
“We worked together for many years on Louth County Council and in the Oireachtas when he served as Senator. He was friendly and approachable and was always held in the highest esteem.
“He was a great Irish speaker and wore the fainne ór with pride and conviction. Above all his word was his bond and the people of Cooley and all of us who knew him will miss him greatly.
“To his wife Aileen, Bobby, Tanya and David I extend my deepest sympathies, “ added Fergus.