Tributes after death of former Fine Gael TD Kieran Crotty: ‘A true official’

Tributes were paid to former Fine Gael TD Kieran Crotty, who died on Friday aged 91.

he former TD for Carlow/Kilkenny served in the Dáil from 1969 to 1989 and was a prominent Kilkenny businessman.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar offered his “deepest condolences” to Mr Crotty’s family and friends.

Mr Varadkar said the Kilkenny native was a “true civil servant” for his county and had dedicated over 30 years of his life to public service.

“Kieran was a real civil servant for his city of Kilkenny, where he was known as a businessman and public figure,” he said.

“Kieran was deservedly made a Freeman of Kilkenny in 2015. He has contributed so much to his community including helping to set up the ‘Keep Kilkenny Beautiful’ committee whose work has resulted in a number of Tidy Towns awards for Kilkenny over the years.

“He was very involved with both Kilkenny Rugby Club and the Dicksboro GAA, with whom he won a county hurling title in 1951.

“My sincere condolences to his wife Margaret, his son Pat and daughters Angela, Hillary, Margaret and Mary, his nephew Cllr David Fitzgerald and his entire extended family.”

Fine Gael TD John Paul Phelan said Mr Crotty had “done a great deal of good” throughout his life and will miss him dearly.

“I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Kieran Crotty. As a councillor, Mayor of Kilkenny and TD for Carlow Kilkenny, Kieran has dedicated so much of his life to public service,” he said.

“He was a hardworking constituency worker who was deeply devoted to the people he represented until his retirement from politics in 1999.

“I will always be grateful to Kieran for the support he has given me personally. From the beginning of my political career, he took a lot of time for my advertising work and was always at my side with advice and action.”

Deputy Phelan said Mr Crotty “revolutionized” the way government agencies dealt with Oireachtas members.

“Thanks to his efforts, a dedicated hotline for welfare agencies has been established to help TDs better serve their constituents,” he said.

“My sincere condolences to his wife Margaret, son Pat, daughters Angela, Hillary, Margaret and Mary, surviving siblings, and extended family and friends.”

Mr Crotty’s funeral will take place at 11am on Monday at St Canice’s Church in Kilkenny.

A death notice on said Mr Crotty “died peacefully, surrounded by his family, at University Hospital in Waterford”.

The statement read: “Kieran will be sorely missed by his loving wife, son, daughters, siblings Patricia, Pat, Bernard, Nuala, Jim and Michael, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, 10 grandchildren, brothers and sisters. In-laws, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.” Tributes after death of former Fine Gael TD Kieran Crotty: ‘A true official’

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