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Wednesday 3 September 2014

Political colleagues pay tribute to 'a very honourable man'

Published 02/01/2013 | 10:01

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Shane chatting with Meath County Council employees while viewing progress on works on the R162, the Kingscourt to Nobber road.

DOMINIC HANNIGAN T.D.

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'Shane and I ran in 3 elections together and he was always a very honourable man during the election contest. He was extremely well liked in Meath and worked very hard for his constituents. I know he will be missed by all the people he has helped in his time in politics. GERALD NASH T.D.

I am deeply saddened and upset at the passing of my friend and colleague, Shane McEntee TD.

I first met Shane during the Meath by-election in 2005. Since then we developed a good friendship and I had enormous respect for him. He was a warm, decent and hardworking man who was immensely proud of representing the people of Meath East.

I was honoured to have been elected to the Dáil and to be in a position to get to know him even better over the last two years. He was a gentleman to the core and he will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.' MINISTER OF STATE FERGUS O'DOWD

'Shane was a colleague and friend, and I am shocked and saddened at news of his sudden passing. Since his election to the Dail in 2005, Shane has been a straight-talking and hardworking force on behalf of his constituents - an honest and decent gentleman. My deepest sympathies go to his family and friends at this terrible time.' SINN FÉIN PRESIDENT GERRY ADAMS TD 'It was with shock that I learned the sad news of the passing of Shane McEntee. My thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this sad time.' SENATOR THOMAS BYRNE

'Shane passing has come as a huge shock. I served in the last Dáil with Shane. We often worked together on local issues and while we may have been political opponents he was always very kind and generous with his time. Shane's contributions to politics, gaelic football and his community were immense. He was popular across party lines and he will be sorely missed.' MEATH EAST FINE GAEL 'Shane McEntee was an exceptional man. A one-off. He lived his life the only way he knew: as a tireless worker for the people of Meath, to whom he was devoted.Shane's passing has left a huge void, not only in Meath East, but nationally. Those privileged to have known him are heartbroken.' PRESIDENT HIGGINS

'I am very saddened to learn of the untimely passing of Minister of State Shane McEntee whom I remember as an Oireachtas colleague and I wish to extend my sincere condolences to his wife, Kathleen, and his three children Vincent, Helen and Sally.

Shane McEntee made an enormous contribution to community and public life throughout his career in farming and agriculture, as a TD representing the people of Meath in Dáil Éireann and to the world of sport through his involvement with the GAA. MINISTER KATHLEEN LYNCH T.D. 'Shane McEntee was so well known and respected as a sincere, hard worker dedicated to serving not only his constituents but all the people of Ireland and in particular the youth of this country. He was an outstanding man and politician in whom we are all justifiably proud. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dhílis.' MEATH COUNTY COUNCIL

'Minister McEntee was a tireless worker on behalf of the people of County Meath and brought an energy and enthusiasm to his role that will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with his wife, Kathleen, and his children, and his extended family, at this sad time.' TÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE T.D.

'Shane was a passionate advocate for his Meath East constituents, particularly for the farming community. His good nature and warm personality will be sadly missed by his parliamentary colleagues from across the political divide. ' JOHN BRUTON, FORMER TAOISEACH

'He was a man of unlimited emotional, and practical, commitment to any task he took on. It absorbed him totally. No effort was ever spared.

He was a great success in p FF LEADER MICHEÁL MARTIN T.D..

'He was a true gentleman who commanded the genuine affection and respect of people on all sides of the House.'

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