Fianna Fáil Leader, Micheál Martin TD has expressed his condolences to the family and friends of the late PJ Bradley, who passed away today.

“PJ was a proud Down man, and above all else, a proud Irish man.

“On behalf of my party, Fianna Fáil, I want to extend my sincerest condolences to PJ’s wife, Leontia, and their family at this very sad time.

“Elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly for the SDLP in 1998, having previously been a member of Newry and Mourne District Council since 1981, PJ not only gave a lifetime of service to his community, but reached out across the political divide to build bridges with people from different faiths and backgrounds.  He was a well-respected member of the business community in Warrenpoint and a committed Gael.

“PJ was absolutely fearless in his commitment to achieving an end to violence in the North, and his work to bring the men of violence into the democratic process is his lasting legacy.

“PJ was incredibly proud of his family, and I have no doubt that he took enormous pleasure seeing his daughter Sinead elected to the Assembly last year to represent South Down.

“He worked hard over many years to ensure open lines of communication between successive Irish Governments and had deep and abiding friendships with many people in the Fianna Fáil party. I was delighted that he was selected as a member of the All-Party Consultation Group on Commemorations  and I know that he took great personal satisfaction from this work and the hugely successful 1916 Centenary Commemoration events.

“On behalf of the entire Fianna Fáil organisation, I would like to offer my deepest sympathies to PJ’s wife, Leontia, his family, friends, colleagues, his community in Burren, Warrenpoint and the people of Co. Down.

“Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam dhílis.”