Wednesday, 31 October 2007
Death of Former Member: Expressions of Sympathy
Fiona O'Malley (Progressive Democrats)
It is a sad honour to remember the man Senator Boyle correctly described as a fine public representative. It was a delight to serve with Joe Sherlock in Dáil Éireann during the last parliamentary term. He was a dedicated, decent man and a true republican. He was a man of and for the people, a person who never forgot his roots. He truly brought great distinction and honour to the profession of politics. It is a pity there are not more like him. It is sad to consider that he did not get to enjoy his retirement for any length of time. I heard of his death during the summer with great sadness. As a man who had given so much time to public service, it seemed only fair that he should now enjoy the next period of his life in the knowledge of the contribution he made to advancing the country he loved so much. Sadly, he did not live to enjoy the fruits of his labour.
I am sure it was a cause of great delight for him and his party to see his son, Deputy Sherlock, succeed to his seat. I wish the latter well in his endeavours. It will be difficult for him to go forward in seeking to hold the seat for his party without being able to rely on the guidance and advice of his father. It was a privilege to have worked with Joe and I remember him fondly today.