Taoiseach Micheál Martin has led tributes to former Cork North-West TD Donal Moynihan, whom he described as “an excellent pal”. Mr Moynihan died on Saturday on the age of 81 after battling sickness for a while.
Mr Martin recalled that the late Mr Moynihan, the daddy of present Cork North-West Fianna Fáil TD Aindrias Moynihan, hailed from Gort na Scairte in Cúil Aodha, within the coronary heart of the Muscraí Gaeltacht and was a local Irish speaker who was all the time happy with his roots.
The Taoiseach recalled how he had served with him within the Dáil for a interval of Mr Moynihan’s 22 years in Leinster Home. The late TD was first elected in November 1982, serving for seven years earlier than dropping his seat. He regained it in 1992 and served till his retirement in 2007.
“I’m deeply saddened to study of the loss of life of my superb pal Donal Moynihan. Donal was a passionate and deeply dedicated public consultant. His service to, and love of, his group was deeply spectacular and unmatched,” stated Mr Martin.
“Donal was a proud Gort na Scairte man. He was rooted in his group, the wealthy Cork Gaeltacht and its historical past, heritage and language formed him. Irish was his first language, a language he liked and which he spoke with nice richness and delight.
“He liked his native Gaeltacht group and labored tirelessly all through his public life to enhance the lives of these on this group and wider constituency. He was enthusiastic about group growth and had an intimate information of, and appreciation for, agriculture and its vital function within the lives of his group and its folks.”
Mr Martin recalled how the late Mr Moynihan’s father, Jamie, had been a central determine within the Battle of Independence in Ballyvourney and surrounding areas and the way he took the republican aspect in the course of the Civil Battle earlier than coming into politics in 1928 when he was elected to Cork County Council.
He famous how Donal had entered public life in 1970 when he was co-opted on to the council to interchange his father Jamie. The hyperlink to native authorities was continued first by his son, Aindrias, when he was elected to the council and later by his daughter, Gobnait.
“It was into this custom that Donal was born and from his early days as a councillor, and later as a TD, he displayed a real republican ethos. Donal was genuine and had an incredible sense of place and delight in the place he was from,” stated Mr Martin.
“All through his lengthy and distinguished public profession, he displayed an unstinting dedication and loyalty to his constituents and labored tirelessly on their behalf and upon his retirement he was proud to see this dedication to public service carried on by his son, Aindrias and daughter, Gobnait.”
“Is mór an chailliúint dá theaghlach, dá ghaolta, do phobal Bhaile Mhic Íre, Baile Bhúirne agus Cúil Aodha i nGaeltacht Mhúscraí, agus do pháirtí Fianna Fáil é bás Dhónaill Uí Mhuimhneacháin. Is mór an chúis bhróin don pháirtí é a bhás,” concluded Mr Martin in tribute.
The late Donal Moynihan’s former constituency colleague, Michael Moynihan TD from Kiskeam within the northern finish of the Cork North-West constituency, additionally expressed his disappointment upon studying of his loss of life.
“I served with Donal in Dáil Éireann for ten years. He was a person of giant integrity and compassion for his space and the folks he represented. Could he relaxation in God’s care,” Mr Moynihan, who isn’t associated to the late TD, instructed The Corkman newspaper.
A father of 9, the late Mr Moynihan is predeceased by his daughter, Treasa, and is survived by his spouse, Catherine and by his sons, Seamus, Aindrias, Padraig and Donal and by his daughters, Mairead, Nóra, Máire and Gobnait.
Mr Moynihan’s stays will probably be obtained into Cúil Aodha Church at 5pm on Sunday night the place he’ll lie in repose till prayers at 8pm. A requiem mass will happen on Monday at midday. He will probably be buried in St Gobnait’s Cemetery, Ballyvourney.
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