The death has occurred of former Fine Gael politician Michael Begley, who served as a TD for the Kerry South constituency from 1969 to 1989.
A native of Dingle, Mr Begley also served as a parliamentary secretary and junior minister. At various stages in his political career, he had specific responsibility for local government, the OPW, and tourism.
Mr Begley, who was 79, passed away at Dingle Community Hospital.
He had been ill for some time.
A carpenter by trade, he was first elected to Kerry County Council in 1960. He first ran for the Dáil when he unsuccessfully contested the by-election in Kerry South in 1966. He won a seat three years later and held it until 1989.
Mr Begley was a leading member of Dingle GAA Club and was very active in greyhound racing.
Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin said: “Michael will be fondly remembered as a committed and hard-working politician, who always strove to do the best for the people of south Kerry.”
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said Mr Begley had served with distinction.
Mr Begley is survived by his wife Eleanor and three children. His remains will be reposing at his home tomorrow at 8pm to St Mary’s Church, Dingle.
He will be laid to rest in St Brendan’s Cemetery after 12pm Mass on Thursday.
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