Fianna Fáil TD for Louth and East Meath Declan Breathnach has paid tribute to the late Eddie Filgate who has sadly passed away at the great age of 101.
Deputy Breathnach said, “I had the privilege of working closely with Eddie during his Council and Dáil election campaigns. He was a dedicated public representative who was proud to work on behalf of community’s right across Louth. I had the opportunity to attend his 101st birthday last September and he retained a keen interest in local affairs and national politics.
“Eddie was first elected to the Dáil in 1977 and was subsequently re-elected in 1981 and 1982. His first election in 1977 represented Fianna Fáil’s greatest success in Louth and this is something which he was always proud of. The double ‘F’ was the traditional logo for Fianna Fáil at that time, but it was the triple ‘F’ logo which many will remember in Louth during the 1977 election when Filgate, Faulkner and Farrell ran an incredible campaign. Fianna Fáil returned three seats out of a total of four during that election.
“Eddie was proud of his roots and lived most of his life in his native village of Louth, near Dundalk. When he married his wife Elish they lived next to the site of the house he grew up in. Eddie was one of eleven children himself and he and his wife had five children.
“The constituents of Louth were always the top priority for him during his time in the Dáil and his many years on Louth County Council. He was a great community activist all his life and also served on many subsidiary bodies of the Local Authority including the local Louth VEC Committee and the Health Board. He served locally and nationally with great pride.
“In his early days he was a Sales Manager for Cement Roadstone in North Dublin and worked closely with Charlie Haughey. He was a great historian and was happy to recount stories from years gone by.
“Eddie will be sadly missed by all that knew him. I would like to offer my sympathies personally and on behalf of the Fianna Fáil party to Eddie’s family.
Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin added, “Eddie is fondly remembered by all that worked with him in both the Oireachtas and on the ground in County Louth. He entered Dáil Éireann at a time of great volatility and fought three General Elections within the space of five years. He had a strong sense of civic duty and was proud to represent the people of Louth. On behalf of the Fianna Fáil party I would like to extend my sympathies to his family and wide network of friends.