A FORMER independent TD who helped prop up Bertie Ahern’s government has died.
Former Independent Fianna Fail Harry Blaney passed away at Letterkenny General Hospital last night. He was 85.
Part of the Blaney family political dynasty he was elected to the Dail in 1997 and served one term before retiring in 2002.
His son Niall won the seat and served two terms before standing down at the last general election.
Harry Blaney was a son of Neal Blaney, who was a TD from 1927 to 1948.
As part of his support for Mr Ahern during his time for the Dail, the Fianna Fail government agreed to build a bridge between the Fanad and Rosguill peninsulas in Mr Blaney’s constituency.
It was opened by then Taoiseach Brian Cowen in 2009 and named the Harry Blaney Bridge.
“It’s the end of a dynasty,” said newspaper editor John McAteer of the Tirconaill Tribune.
“He dedicated his life to his community and his passing will be mourned right across Co Donegal.”