Sunday 10 December 2017

Noel Keyes remembers former Taoiseach fondly

Mary Fogarty

Noel Keyes, former Bray Town Council member and Cathaoirleach, remembers very well the support given by former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds at a time when Ardmore Studios in Bray was at risk of closing.

'I found him a wonderful person,' said Mr. Keyes, who announced his retirement from politics in 2004. 'I knew him as a party member and councillor. I found him a man of great encouragement to us.'

He said that to the party members of Fianna Fáil, Mr. Reynolds was like 'a father figure.'

'I am deeply sorry that he passed away,' said Mr. Keyes. 'He was a very decent man to deal with and one of the great figures of our times.'

While he doesn't recall Mr. Reynolds visiting Bray or County Wicklow, he met him on numerous occasions at various Ard Fheiseanna and party functions.

He also went to Government Buildings to meet the Taoiseach to discuss the future of Ardmore Studios.

The future of the facility was uncertain and local councillors were determined to keep it open. Deputations to the Taoiseach were a part of their strategy to secure its future.

'He listened to us with attention and interest, was very encouraging and forthright,' said Mr. Keyes. 'We were thankful for the support.

Mr. Keyes extended his condolences to the Reynolds family.

Bray People

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