South Tipperary lost a true friend, servant, supporter and advocate this week with the sad death of former TD and Minister Noel Davern.
His roots were in the county and of the county and he never wavered in his commitment to his home place.
He was a loyal and steadfast member of Fianna Fail, maintaining a tradition started by his grandfather and continued on by his father and brother. He was the party standard-bearer in the county for decades and following his retirement always available for wise counsel.
Outside the constituency he served Munster as an MEP and the state as Minister for Education and Junior Minister for Agriculture, just reward for his abilities and loyalties.
At home his thoughts were on his family and constituents.
A consummate politician who knew his way around the corridors of power, his instincts were always to look out for South Tipperary, his native Cashel, his adopted Clonmel and every other parish within the county boundaries.
His success was constantly reflected at election time when voters thanked him for what he had done on their behalf. And they appreciated his easy manner, his disdain of anything aloof and his time for people.
He will be sadly missed
> Michael Heverin