Senior gardaí attend removal of Minister for Justice's mother
Published 17/08/2015 | 02:30
Hundreds of mourners lined the streets of Newbridge last night to pay their respects to Anna Ryan, the mother of Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald.
Mrs Ryan (née Hayes) passed away in her family home in the small Kildare town surrounded by loved ones early on Friday.
Government ministers and high-ranking members of An Garda Síochána were among those gathered in St Conleth's parish church, Newbridge for her removal.
Among the mourners were former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave, Transport Minister Pascal Donohoe, Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney and Jobs Minister Richard Bruton.
Fine Gael TD for Dún Laoghaire Mary Mitchell O'Connor was also in attendance alongside fellow party member and TD for Kildare Martin Heydon.
Independent TD for Tipperary North Michael Lowry also turned out to offer his condolences.
Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan visited Ms Fitzgerald before the removal to offer her sympathies.
Mrs Ryan was in her 90s and is survived by her four children, including Ms Fitzgerald. Her husband Tadhg, who was an Army officer, died some years ago.
The funeral Mass will take place at 3pm today, with burial afterwards at St Conleth's Cemetery in Newbridge.