Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has expressed his condolences on the death of Longford Westmeath TD Nicky McFadden.

Speaking in Dáil Éireann earlier Deputy Martin commented: “On behalf of the Fianna Fáil party, I wish to offer my condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Deputy McFadden on her very sad passing.

“We extend our sympathy to her family, her daughter, Caren, and her son, Eoin.  She represented the very best of commitment to public service in the country.  Very often politics can attract negative commentary, but we can stand back and reflect on the life and career of a person like Nicky McFadden, whose fundamental motivation was to serve the public as a county councillor from 1999 until 2007 and as a Senator who was delighted to be elected to the Dáil in the general election in 2011.

“Deputy McFadden bore a difficult condition bravely. Motor Neurone Disease strikes terror into any family or person with a diagnosis, but it did not stop her bravely organising a number of functions  to focus attention on the disease and act as a catalyst to resource research into the condition, advance treatment and, ultimately, identify a cure. 

“She led the way in that regard and we all owe her a debt of gratitude for that bravery and commitment. Until the end, she maintained her political service to the people of whom she was so fond, her constituents across the board.

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”