Colleagues and constituents mourn Labour's Pat Upton
THERE was a huge attendance yesterday evening at the Church of St Pius X in Terenure, Dublin, for the removal of the remains of Labour Deputy Dr Pat Upton who died suddenly last Monday.
The body was received by Father Eamon Clarke CC who paid tribute to the hard working and popular TD when he led the prayers.
There were many political colleagues present and friends and family members from his native Kilrush paid tribute and sympathise with his wife Anne and their four children, Henry, Paddy, Lizzie and Robert.
Among the large numbers who signed the books of condolences were hundreds of constituents from his Dublin South Central base. The local GAA club formed a guard of honour.
Labour leader Ruairi Quinn and his wife Liz, party president Proinsias de Rossa, Fine Gael leader John Bruton, Deputy Des O'Malley, Senator Maurice Manning and Lord Mayor Joe Doyle were present. Taoiseach Bertie Ahern was represented by Capt Michael Kiernan. Also there were deputies Ben Briscoe, Liam Lawlor, Brendan Howlin, Michael D Higgins, Emmet Stagg, Pat Rabbitte and Sen Kathleen O'Meara.
Deputy Upton served as spokesperson for Science and Technology and Consumer Affairs and later for communications and sport.
He was first elected to the Seanad in 1989 and Dail in 1992. He served on Dublin Co Council, South Dublin Council, General Council of Co Councils and Eastern Health Board. He was a member of the Dail Committee of Public Accounts, Joint Committee on European Affairs, Committee on the Irish language and Finance and General Affairs. He was a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe 1994-95. The funeral takes place today after 10am Mass to Bohernabreena cemetery.