Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Local Government, Shane Cassells TD has paid tribute to Laois County Councillor, Jerry Lodge following his sad passing last night.

Deputy Cassells said, “Having had the pleasure of knowing him personally for many years, it is with deep sadness that I learned of Jerry’s death.

“First elected in 1967, Jerry encapsulated all that is good about dedicated public service to local government in Ireland. Local Government is the cornerstone of any democracy and as Fianna Fáil’s longest serving councillor, Jerry made a remarkable contribution in his region.

“The flow of tributes over the course of the day today is a real testament to Jerry’s 50 years of hard work in his county and shows just how well respected he was across the political spectrum.

“I wish to express my deepest sympathies to Jerry’s family, particularly to his wife Patricia and his two sons, Damian and Padraig.

“Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”