The death has occurred of well known Tralee barrister Joe Revington. The Senior Counsel and former advisor to Dick Spring passed away at University Hospital Kerry on Thursday.
A self described 'political junkie' Mr Revington was a prominent figure in Labour politics since his days as a student at Trinity College in the mid 1960s.
He was elected President of Trinity Student Representative Council in 1968/69 and his term involved several runs ins with university authorities including an incident when gardaí were called to quell a pro-Maoist demonstration on the campus, the first time in Trinity's history that police had been called to stop a student protest.
Later in 1968, he succeeded in persuading Trinity authorities to sell their South African shares in protest at the apartheid regime. On graduation he practiced as a solicitor for a time before he was called to the bar in 1987 and was appointed a Senior Counsel in 2003.
After college he had remained closely involved with the Labour party and was close friends with Dick Spring becoming one of his Special advisors after the Tralee politician became leader of the party and later Tanaiste in 1982.
An acknowledged tallying genius Mr Revington was Labour's chief election tallyman for many years and as recently as 2016 he was called in to offer his expertise and guidance when veteran Labour TD Willie Penrose's seat was in jeopardy in Longford Westmeath.
After Labour's routing at the polls securing Penrose's seat was vital for the party's survival as a political force and Joe Revington's intervention was seen as key to Penrose's very narrow win.
Mr Revington was also a very active Vice-Chairperson of the Employment Appeals Tribunal a position he held from 1995 until his recent retirement.
In 2008 he was also appointed as legal advisor to the Control Committee of Bord na gCon.
A hugely experienced expert in complex arbitration and mediation matters Mr Revington was also the author of many widely reported decisions in disciplinary procedures both in legal journals and text books.