Saturday 24 August 2019

'He was force of nature in Drogheda'

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin paid tribute to Tommy, saying he was deeply saddened to hear of his death.

"Tommy was a force of nature in Drogheda life. I had the great pleasure of canvassing alongside Tommy for a series of elections as Leader. The great energy he brought to each - whether it was his own election in 2014, for his son Thomas' election to Dáil Éireann, or for any Fianna Fáil candidate - was always the same.

"While his illness may have prevented him from bringing quite the same physical energy to the local election campaign earlier this year, I know that his interest in his son James' campaign burned every bit as brightly and he demanded daily updates on his progress. I also know that he was very proud when James secured the seat that he himself had occupied for so long.

"This is because, while he was a man of many interests and abilities, his family always came first. Married to his devoted Kathleen and the father of seven adult children, his entire world revolved around them. Talking to him following Thomas' victory in 2016 I was struck by how personally he took each step in Thomas' career and I know he felt the same for each of his children. I also know that his loss will be very deeply felt by Kathleen and the whole family.

"On behalf of the entire Fianna Fáil organisation, I want to offer my sincerest condolences to Kathleen, his sons Thomas, James, Brendan and Barry, his daughters Mary, Kate and Noreen, all of his family and friends and the Fianna Fáil community in County Louth.

"Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam."

Drogheda Independent