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FORMER Clare TD and Government Minister Brendan Daly has died, at the age of 83.

Mr Daly was a Fianna Fáil TD for Clare from 1973 to 1992, and from 1997 to 2002. He was also a Senator for a number of years.

Mr Daly served as a Government minister in portoflios including Social Welfare, Defence, the Marine and Tourism, Fisheries & Forestry. He was also a Junior Minister on several occasions.

On social media this morning Clare TD Cathal Crowe wrote, “Very saddened to hear of the passing of Brendan Daly. Brendan was a very good friend of mine and a valued political mentor for many years. Brendan gave years of stellar service to county, country and the Fianna Fáil party. Brendan was a very proud Cooraclare man throughout his life.

“Brendan was a beloved son of the Banner but this morning, as we learn of his passing, my thoughts and prayers are with those closest to him – Niamh, Ronan and Iomhar.

“Sleep well friend! There won’t be the likes of you again – Ní bheidh do leithéidh arís ann!”

Senator Timmy Dooley wrote, “It was with enormous sadness that I write this short tribute to my dear friend and colleague for many years, Brendan Daly who passed away over night – he was one of the brightest people I have ever met in politics – he was insightful, he was passionate, he was interested in people and community, he worked tirelessly and often quietly for people in most need.

“As a senior Government minister he represented ireland on the world stage holding his own amongst global leaders all the while retaining a connection with his rural base. He was very witty and funny never taking himself too seriously. He was never blinded by the trappings of office or never stood on ceremony. He remained grounded and humble regardless of the heights he achieved. He will be missed by his many many friends but most particularly by Niamh, Ronan & Iomhar. Rest in peace now Brendan.”

Owen Ryan
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Owen Ryan has been a journalist with the Clare Champion since 2007, having previously worked for a number of other regional titles in Limerick, Galway and Cork.

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Owen Ryan has been a journalist with the Clare Champion since 2007, having previously worked for a number of other regional titles in Limerick, Galway and Cork.