Statement from Fianna Fáil Leader, Micheál Martin TD

Published on: 11 July 2019

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has expressed his sadness at the death of Noel Whelan. Deputy Martin has offered his sincere condolences and those of the Fianna Fáil party to Noel’s wife Sinead, son Seamus, extended family and many friends.

He said, “I was very saddened to hear about the death of Noel Whelan who I have known for many years. Noel was a man with a sharp intellect who was born into a Fianna Fáil family. His father was a Fianna Fáil Councillor as is his brother Michael in County Wexford. Noel was steeped in local, national and international politics from a very young age.

“After college he worked in our Party’s HQ in the early 90’s. From there he learned to be a great political pundit who wrote many books on election results and an extensive book on our Party through the decades.

“He understood and knew every constituency and local electoral area across the country and could, of the top of his head, remember quotas from an election held back in the 80’s. He was a diligent political advisor to Tom Kitt, who was Minister of State for EU affairs from 1992-94 and Noel himself ran for Fianna Fáil in both a Dáil and Seanad election.

“Noel loved writing his weekly articles with the Irish Times and was never afraid of tackling controversial issues or criticising positions of any political party. He had a wide circle of friends across the political divide and was very well respected and admired.

“As well as working as a Barrister he managed to lead and be very active in the Seanad, Marriage Equality and Eighth Amendment referendums. He is a huge loss to everyone in politics but in particular to Sinead and Seamus. Our thoughts are with them at this very sad time”, he concluded.

“Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis”.

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