Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon-Galway Eugene Murphy has expressed his sympathy to the family and friends of former TD and Councillor Peter Kelly.

Deputy Murphy said, “I was deeply saddened to hear of Peter’s passing.  He was a personal friend and colleague for many years, and he will be greatly missed.

“Peter was a real Fianna Fáil stalwart, having served on Longford Town and County Council before being elected as a TD in 2002.  He spent nine years in the Dáil and it was during this time that I worked closely with him and began to fully appreciate his love for his county and for the people he served.

“He was a tenacious worker and was so proud to represent Longford.  He was very well regarded by other TDs, who always spoke fondly about him and who continued to ask me about him in recent weeks.

“Not only was Peter an outstanding public servant, he was a committed member of Fianna Fáil, constantly working on the ground for the party.

“I wish to extend my sympathy to his wife Maura and his family at this difficult time.

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”