Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin has led the tributes to former TD and Minister Noel Davern who died over the weekend.
Party leader Micheal Martin said: “Noel had a great sense of community representation and public service, which is not hard to understand given his family’s legacy in public service over many years.
“Noel was known in politics for his kind nature and good sense of humour.
“He was a passionate public servant who never shied away from representing his constituents at a local, national or European level.”
Mr Davern (67) also served in the European Parliament from 1979 to ‘84.
Both his father Michael and brother Don were also TDs - Don also served as Junior Minister for Agriculture.
Noel Davern was first elected to Dail Eireann in 1969.
He is also a former member of South Tipperary County Council and served as chairman of that body.
Mr Davern was the standard-bearer for Fianna Fail in South Tipperary for decades.
Former junior minister Martin Mansergh paid tribute to Noel Davern following his untimely death.
Mr Mansergh served as a senator for five years while Noel Davern was a TD.
“He belonged to a founding family of the party, his father Mick was a volunteer in the War of Independence.
He was somebody that Fianna Fail members looked up to for the best part of forty years.
He was somebody who was around the block for so long he knew the system and used that for the benefit of his constituents and the people of South Tipperary,”
As an MEP and Junior Minister he excelled in the role of agricultural affairs.
”He was the first to speak out publicly about the danger of foot and mouth to this country when it broke out in Britain in 2001.
He exercised leadership in battening down the hatches at the time,”
The Davern family were synonymous with the Fianna Fail party since its foundation.
Noel’s grandfather Eoin Davern was a founder member of Fianna Fail. His late father Mick was a Fianna Fail TD, his brother Don died in 1968 when he was a sitting junior minister at the Department of Agriculture and the following year Noel became a member of Dail Eireann.
He was a proud member of the Denis Lacey Cumann all of his life.
Described by his colleagues in the party as an “extremely loyal” party man who genuinely put the party first, he was a great admirer of Jack Lynch, and had great respect for how he managed to keep the party together throughout the political turmoil of the Arms Crisis.
As an Oireachtas member he served under FF leaders Jack Lynch, Charles Haughey, Albert Reynolds and Bertie Ahern.