THE Taoiseach was represented at the funeral yesterday of the mother of Galway county councillor, Michael 'Stroke' Fahy.
Mr Cowen's aide-de-camp, Commandant Michael Treacy was joined by several public representatives at the funeral Mass and burial of Mai Fahy (98) who died on December 23.
Mrs Fahy was one of the last remaining members of Cumann na mBan and in a graveside oration, former minister Noel Treacy TD spoke of her contribution to her country and to public life in general.
The tricolour covered her coffin throughout the funeral services.
Among the attendance offering their condolences to Mr Fahy was former minister Frank Fahey TD, Sean O Neachtain MEP, former East Galway Dail deputy Joe Callanan and a number of councillors.
Mr Fahy is the longest serving member of the county council and has stood in all local elections as a Fianna Fail representative.
He resigned his membership of the party in 2004 when he confirmed that he was the public representative at the centre of a garda investigation into irregularities surrounding the operation of a Community Involvement Scheme alongside his 70-acre farm at Ardrahan in south Galway.
Earlier this month, he was convicted of obtaining the benefit of e7,055 from Galway County Council under false pretences.