Fianna Fáil Leader, Micheál Martin has said that his party has lost one of its most dedicated and conscientious servants following the passing of former Cathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann, Rory Kiely.

“A proud Limerick man, Rory served as a member of Seanad Éireann for almost 30 years, from 1977 until 2007, except for the short lived 16th Seanad in 1982.

“He was the epitome of a gentleman who was widely respected by colleagues of all political hues.

“I know that Rory was incredibly proud to have been elected as Cathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann between 2002 and 2007.

“Outside of politics, Rory was a GAA man to his core. In a life of service to the GAA, Rory served as Cathaoirleach of Limerick CLG, served for on the Munster GAA Council and was honoured to be elected as a trustee of the national GAA organisation.

“A dairy herd breeder, Rory was a well-respected community activist in his native Feenagh.

“My sincere sympathies go to his sons Vincent and Roderick, his daughters Mairead and Aileen, and to his extended family.

“Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam dhílis.”