Senator Daly pays tribute to inspirational Brian Crowley MEP as he announces his retirement from politics

Published on: 17 January 2019

Fianna Fáil Senator, Mark Daly has said that Brian Crowley was an inspirational figure who demonstrated that adversity is there to be overcome in every part of a person’s life.

Daly was speaking as the five-time MEP and former member of Seanad Éireann; Brian Crowley announced his retirement today.

“We should never forget that Brian started the 1994 European Election campaign as a 50-1 outsider yet ended up topping the poll, a record he maintained for all subsequent elections to the European Parliament.

“The way in which he has faced, and continues to face, all the challenges life has thrown at him is an inspirational to many across the island.

“Brian represented Munster and his constituency, and indeed Irish, society with distinction in Europe. I am grateful for his dedication and his service to Fianna Fáil and to Ireland, and I wish him well with whatever he does in the future.

“In his book on his life story, he wrote that during the 1994 European election the only time he said to anyone one that he thought he would get elected is when he came back from canvassing in Sneem on St Patrick’s day, with myself and other supporters. He told his father ‘don’t tell anyone but I think I am going to get elected’. We were proud to support him then and at all elections afterwards.

“I am particularly grateful for Brian’s support for me during my senate campaigns, without which I would not have succeeded,” concluded Senator Daly.

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