Deputy Frank Feighan has paid tribute to the late John Bruton, former Taoiseach and Fine Gael Leader, following his death on Tuesday.
Expressing his shock and sadness, Deputy Feighan said: “When I was first elected as a public representative for the party in 1999, John was our party leader. His successful time as Taoiseach from 1994 to 1997 encouraged me to join the party and to get involved in public service as a member of Roscommon County Council.
“John’s time as a member of the Dáil and representative of the people of Meath over 35 years was exemplary, serving in so many roles in government, in particular his role in economic ministries in Industry and Finance before been elected by Dáil Eireann as Taoiseach in 1994”.
The Boyle-based TD added: “John Bruton’s efforts to engage with the unionist and loyalist communities, his efforts to understand their fears and concerns about this country’s position, and his efforts to engage and to ensure the minority catholic community was something I admired greatly.
“As Taoiseach and leader of the opposition, he was a regular visitor to Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, and Donegal, ensuring he supported his elected TDs and senators, who he assisted in their endeavours to fight for infrastructural developments and investment in our local communities in the Northwest”.
Deputy Feighan extended his sympathy to John Bruton’s wife Finola, their children, extended family, the people of Meath and the late Mr Bruton’s Fine Gael colleagues.