Sunday 22 July 2018

Hundreds of mourners pay tribute as Pattison laid to rest

President Michael D Higgins and former Tánaiste Joan Burton were among the mourners at the funeral of Séamus Pattison. Pictures: Dylan Vaughan
President Michael D Higgins and former Tánaiste Joan Burton were among the mourners at the funeral of Séamus Pattison. Pictures: Dylan Vaughan
President Michael D Higgins and former Tánaiste Joan Burton were among the mourners at the funeral of Séamus Pattison. Pictures: Dylan Vaughan
President Michael D Higgins and former Tánaiste Joan Burton were among the mourners at the funeral of Séamus Pattison. Pictures: Dylan Vaughan

President Michael D Higgins was among the many mourners at the funeral Mass of former Ceann Comhairle Séamus Pattison, who was buried in his native Kilkenny.

Hundreds of people gathered to pay their respects at St Patrick's Church to the Labour politician who was one of the longest-serving parliamentarians in Europe. He died on Sunday at the age of 81.

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin delivered a eulogy describing Mr Pattison's "unique insight" into parliamentary democracy, given his 46 years in the Dáil. "Séamus had a genuine and sincere interest in helping people," he said. "He was there to do whatever he could for them."

Congregation

He recalled his last meeting with Mr Pattison, who was then in a wheelchair. He leaned over and whispered to Mr Howlin: "If you need me to stand, I'll win again."

The congregation also included former Labour leaders Joan Burton, Eamon Gilmore and Pat Rabbitte.

Mr Pattison is survived by his brothers Joe, Michael, and Monsignor Francis, who is based in San Diego.

Irish Independent

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