Taoiseach leads tributes to the late John Connor

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has led tributes to former Fine Gael TD, Senator and Councillor John Connor who sadly passed away on Saturday following injuries sustained in a road traffic accident near Frenchpark.

In a statement, Deputy Varadkar said he was “deeply shocked” over Mr Connor’s death.

He said: “John had an unwavering commitment to the people of his area and brought a considerable expertise to politics at local and national level.

“He was very popular among his colleagues in Fine Gael and I know provided good counsel to a number of younger public representatives, who were grateful for his advice and time”.

Also responding to the sad news, Fine Gael TD Frank Feighan said: “Like so many I was deeply shocked and saddened by the sudden death of my former colleague John Connor.

“John was a proud Roscommon man and fought hard to build the infrastructure of the county – especially in the north of the county – while always representing the ordinary people who, for different reasons, required his assistance” Deputy Feighan continued.

“In essence John was a man of integrity with a kind heart and wonderful interest and appetite for life. He will be missed by so many, including his neighbours, Fine Gael friends and public representatives – former and present – but especially by his family. May he rest in peace”.

Independent TD Denis Naughten (formerly of Fine Gael) also paid tribute to the late TD, saying “I was both shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic death of my former colleague John Connor.

“John gave nearly 30 years of service to public representation and developed a large network of friends throughout the country who, along his with sisters, their families, and his neighbours, will miss him dearly”.