Party leaders pay Dáil tribute to late Liam Lawlor

The leaders of Ireland's political parties have been paying tribute to former Fianna Fáil TD Liam Lawlor in the Dáil today.

The leaders of Ireland's political parties have been paying tribute to former Fianna Fáil TD Liam Lawlor in the Dáil today.

Mr Lawlor, who was at the centre of corruption allegations in Dublin in the 1980s and 1990s, died in a car crash in Moscow last month.

The Taoiseach Bertie Ahern told the Dáil today that, despite his failings, he deserved to be remembered fairly for the contribution he made to public life.

"We all have our faults and moral judgement is something that we should pass very sparingly," he said.

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny, meanwhile, criticised the media coverage of his death.

"In the days after his death, I'm sure his family searched the acres of newsprint to find a trace of the father, the husband and the brother that they knew and loved so well," he said.

Elsewhere, Labour Party leader Pat Rabbitte said it was a disappointment that Mr Lawlor had not used "his prodigious talents exclusively in the interests of public service and to enhance politics".

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