السبت، 30 يوليو، 2016

Former minister Patrick Lalor dies aged 90

Patrick Lalor served as a TD for Laois/Offaly from 1961 to 1981 (Pic: RTÉ Stills Library)
Patrick Lalor served as a TD for Laois/Offaly from 1961 to 1981 (Pic: RTÉ Stills Library)
Tributes have been paid to former Fianna Fáil minister Patrick 'Paddy' Lalor, who has died at the age of 90.
Born in July 1926, Mr Lalor served as a TD for Laois/Offaly from 1961 to 1981.
During that period, he was a minister twice - minister for post and telegraphs from 1969-70 and minister for industry from 1970-73.
Mr Lalor was also chief whip in the 1977-79 government under late taoiseach Jack Lynch before being elected to the European Parliament.
He served as an MEP for Leinster until 1994.
In a statement, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said Mr Lalor "had a very distinguished career and represented the people of Laois/Offaly with great pride."
Mr Lalor also reached an All-Ireland hurling final with his native Laois in 1949.
He is survived by his four children.
His funeral will take place in Abbeyleix, Co Laois on Monday.