Ex-minister and FF TD Noonan dies
FORMER Fianna Fail Defence Minister Michael J Noonan has died at the age of 78.
Mr Noonan, described last night as an "outstanding public representative", held a Dail seat in Limerick West for almost 30 years up to 1997 when he retired.
He served as defence minister in then Taoiseach Charles Haughey's government in the late 1980s.
He passed away yesterday evening at Milford Hospice, Limerick, after battling cancer.
Limerick TD Niall Collins said he knew Mr Noonan and that he was "very saddened" by his death.
Deputy Collins said: "He was an outstanding public representative."