TWO former Fianna Fail TDs with a combined service of more than half a century in politics were laid to rest in separate ceremonies yesterday.
Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen and Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin were among the hundreds of mourners at Powerstown Church, Co Tipperary, who paid tribute to former minister Noel Davern, who spent 32 years in the Dail.
During Mass, Mr Davern's son, Don, said: "He's looking down and he knows who's not here. He's watching."
Also present were Martin Mansergh, Dr Sean McCarthy, Senator Labhras O Murchu, Independent TDs Mattie McGrath and Seamus Healy, Timmy Dooley, Sean Power, Eoin Ryan, Donie Cassidy, Brendan Kenneally and Bobby Aylward.
Mr Davern is survived by his wife Ann-Marie, daughter Davina, sons Marc and Don and grandchildren.
Earlier in Co Kerry, mourners at the funeral of Denis Foley, who was forced to resign from Fianna Fail, heard he loved the party until the day he died.
Hundreds turned out at St John's Church in Tralee to remember the man who served as a TD for North Kerry for 18 years.
Mr Foley is survived by his wife Hanna, daughters Norma, Margaret and Denise, son Billy and grandchildren.