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Former Fianna Fail TDs Noel Davern and Denis Foley have died

Published 27/10/2013 | 20:43

Noel Davern,a Former Government Minister and retired Fianna Fail deputy  at Leinster House yesterday.Pic Tom Burke 9/6/10
Noel Davern,a Former Government Minister, has died
Denis Foley, former TD from Tralee Co Kerry, has passed away

TWO former Fianna Fail TDs have passed away.

Party leader Micheal Martin has expressed his condolences on the death of former TD, MEP and Minister for Education Noel Davern.

Mr Davern, who was 67, represented the people of South Tipperary before retiring at the 2007 General Election.

The father of three had also served as Minister for Agriculture. He is survived by his wife Anne Marie and their children Don, Marc and Davina.

“Noel had a great sense of community representation and public service which is not hard to understand given his family's legacy in public service over many years,” Mr Martin said.

Meanwhile former Fianna Fail TD Denis Foley also passed away at his home in Tralee, Co Kerry, following a short illness.

Mr Foley, who was 79, represented the Kerry North constituency for 18 years, but controversially resigned from Fianna Fail and as chairman of the Public Accounts Committee following revelations that he held an offshore Ansbacher account.

He became the first TD to ever receive a penalty for breaching the Ethics in Public Office Act when he was suspended from the Dail for 14 days in May 2000.

The Moriarty Tribunal heard he held funds of up to £100,000 (€127,000) in his offshore account.

Former mayor of Tralee and Fianna Fail town councillor Johnny Wall said Denis Foley was “steeped in Fianna Fail” and was a “magnificent public servant”.

“Everything he had he earned for himself and he worked very hard all his life for his family and his constituents. He will be sadly missed in Tralee,” Mr Wall said.

The two TDs had a combined Dail service of 50 years.

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