Farming leader dies aged 77
TRIBUTES were paid last night to a farm leader hailed as a "powerful voice" for the rural community.
Paddy Lane (77), who ran a dairy farm in Parteen, Co Clare, passed away on Monday. He had battled for better conditions and facilities for farming families in his role as president of the Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) from 1976 to 1980.
He was also elected to the European Parliament for Fianna Fail from 1989 to 1994.
A former Army officer, he also had a distinguished rugby career with Munster and was capped for the Irish rugby team in 1964.
The remains of Mr Lane will be removed from McMahons Funeral Home in Blackwater to Parteen Church in Co Clare at 7.30pm this evening, before burial tomorrow after 11am Mass.