South Tipperary bade farewell to former Fianna Fail TD and minister, Noel Davern yesterday, when the 67-year-old was laid to rest in Powerstown Cemetary, following his sudden death last Sunday.
One of this constituency’s best known political figures, Mr Davern represented South Tipperary for 32 years as a TD, as well as serving as an MEP, an education minister and minister of state for agriculture. He came from a family steeped in politics - his own father Michael was a TD from 1948 to 1965, and he was succeeded by Mr Davern’s brother Don.
This week local TDs and politicians are coming to terms with Mr Davern’s death.
Former Fianna Fail TD Mattie McGrath said Mr Davern ‘gave long and committed service to the people of South Tipperary’.
A ‘wonderful and gregarious man’ was how Fine Gael Minister of State Tom Hayes remembered him. “He 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.”
Deputy Seamus Healy also expressed sympathy to Mr Davern’s family.
Mr Davern is survived by his wife Anne Marie, sons Don and Marc, daughter Davina, in-laws and friends.