AN emotional Taoiseach Enda Kenny led Dail tributes to former junior minister Shane McEntee today, saying he was full of "ideas, energy, unstoppable enthusiasm".
The McEntee family, led by his wife Kathleen, were in the distinguished visitors gallery as the Dail marked his passing.
Mr Kenny said that if it felt wrong "in the first days of spring" to be paying tribute to Mr McEntee, it is because it is wrong.
He described Mr McEntee as a "solid man" who "gave politics a good name".
Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore said "none of us can ever know what he suffered", called for civility in political and public debate, even if "the age of deference is over".