Kenny pays tribute to late mayor of Castlebar
Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny has paid tribute to party colleague and former mayor of Castlebar Brendan Heneghan, who has died aged 53.
Mr Heneghan, praised by Mr Kenny for his dedication to public service, died yesterday in Mayo University Hospital after taking ill on Sunday night.
The former Fine Gael councillor is survived by his wife Patricia, their three sons Tom, Colm and John and his mother Carmel.
Mr Kenny extended his deepest sympathy to Mr Heneghan's family, saying he was "a devoted husband, father and son".
He added: "The community of Castlebar will miss Brendan Heneghan. His life, lived to the full, was devoted to his family, his community and to his party.
"Brendan was affable, gregarious, interested and dedicated to his public duties."
Mr Heneghan was a two-term member of Castlebar Urban Council from 2004 until 2014.
The former Taoiseach noted Mr Heneghan "served his town with great distinction as mayor in 2005, and again in 2012".
"His charm was infectious to say the least," said Mr Kenny who recalled Mr Heneghan followed in the footsteps of his late father John who served on the local council.
Mr Kenny also said Mr Heneghan "was of enormous and critical support to me personally during my time as a deputy and as Taoiseach. I will miss him greatly."
Castlebar Mitchels GAA club also paid tribute to Mr Heneghan saying he was an active member and it was "with huge regret" they learned of his death.