Tuesday, 4 December 2007
Death of Former Member: Expressions of Sympathy
Fiona O'Malley (Progressive Democrats)
I wish to be associated with the tributes paid to former Senator, Deputy and Councillor Seán Keegan. I convey my condolences to his family. The presence in the Gallery of so many colleagues, friends and associates from his community is a tribute to his commitment to public life. As Senator O'Toole observed, this commitment encompassed not only the political sphere but also his great community involvement, particularly with the GAA. We all have our own political preferences but Mr. Keegan's commitment to the Fianna Fáil organisation is worthy of commendation. He was clearly a man of great talent to be so well appreciated within his community not only in respect of his political life but also for his contribution to agricultural, educational and health issues. His was a life dedicated to public service.
Unfortunately, I did not know Mr. Keegan, but it is important to recognise the contribution of former Members. We hope that we will continue in the spirit of the contribution made by Mr. Keegan to public life.