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Taoiseach pays tribute to Brendan McGahon following his passing
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has paid tribute to the late former Louth TD Brendan McGahon, who passed away last night aged 80.
In a statement following the Ravensdale man’s death, Kenny said it was “a pleasure” to work alongside Brendan and spoke about the great service he gave to the people of Louth and, in particular, Dundalk.
He said: “I had the pleasure of serving with Brendan for all of his 20 years in Dáil Éireann and shared an office with him in the 1980s.
“I recently visited Brendan in hospital where he bore his illness with great strength.
“Brendan was an extremely dedicated servant of the people of Louth and his beloved home-town of Dundalk. He had a long and distinguished political career, starting in 1979 when he was elected to Louth County Council.
“Throughout his political career, Brendan was outspoken on behalf of the people of Louth in opposition to the actions of the IRA, and he showed exceptional resolve in standing up to them.
“Brendan also had success on the sporting field. He was a talented soccer player and played for Dundalk FC in the Premier Division.”
“My condolences are with Brendan’s family, including his children Robert, Conor, Adele, Keith and Jill; his brother, former Cllr Johnny McGahon; and his nephew, Cllr John McGahon.”
Former Fine Gael Taoiseach John Bruton also expressed his condolences, saying: “Brendan was an exceptionally courageous politician who stood up for the democratic institutions of the State. He was a true original who thought for himself.”
Current local Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd also paid tribute to McGahon.
He said: “Brendan was a friend and colleague for over 30 years and I am very sorry to hear the news of his passing.
“Brendan had a larger than life personality which made him a really popular TD. He was clear and outspoken in his views and was very well loved by the people of Louth, particularly in his home-town of Dundalk.
“Brendan was known to be fearless, hardworking and outstanding in his field.
“My condolences go to Brendan’s family at this sad time.”