The three sitting TDs for South Tipperary this week paid tribute to the role played throughout his political life by Noel Davern.
The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Tom Hayes TD has paid tribute to former TD Noel Davern who died suddenly over the weekend.
Minister Hayes said that Noel Davern will be a huge loss to politics and indeed to South Tipperary.
”Noel Davern was a wonderful, gregarious man, who I think was under estimated as a politician and worked hard to deliver to his constituents and worked very hard behind the scenes and never sought glory or attention for all that he achieved.
“He was very highly thought of in the Department of Agriculture, where he served as a Junior Minister and since I have come in to the office, a number of officials have spoken of the impact he made during his time in office.’
He added - “Noel was a great fan of horse racing and was passionate about all aspects of rural life which was the focus of much of his work and he has certainly made his mark. We will miss him dearly.’
He finished by saying he sends his condolences to Noel’s wife Anne -Marie, sons Don and Marc and daughter Davina.
Independent TD Seamus Healy expressed his deepest sympathy to the Davern family on the sad passing of Noel.
“He served the people of South Tipperary for many years as Chairman of Tipperary South Riding Co. Council, Teachta Dála, Minister and MEP. He continued the proud tradition of public service of the Davern family, following in the footsteps of his brother Don and of his father Mick.
At this time, all our thoughts are with Anne Marie and the family”.
Independent TD Mattie McGrath has joined with all those who have expressed their shock at the sudden and unexpected death of former South Tipperary TD Noel Davern. Deputy McGrath was speaking as news of the former TD and MEP’s death filtered through the constituency:
“My sincere sympathies are with Noel’s wife Anne- Marie, his sons Don and Marc and daughter Davina. Noel gave long and committed service to the people of South Tipperary and I am sure he will be remembered for that. It must be an extremely difficult time for his wife and children and I would just like to reiterate that they will certainly be in our thoughts and prayers as they try and move forward from here,” concluded Deputy McGrath.Independent councillor Darren Ryan said it was with a deep shock and with great sadness that he learned of the sudden passing of the former TD, MEP & Minister.
“I wish to express my sympathies to Noel’s wife Anne- Marie, daughter Davina and sons Don & Marc, my thoughts and prayers are with them at this sad time.
“Noel was an exceptional person who served this constituency with great dignity and pride for so many years. At all times he put the needs of his voters before his own, hence the numerous times he was re-elected to Dáil Éireann by the people of South Tipperary” he said.