Members and supporters of Fianna Fáil from across Dublin gathered at Deansgrange Cemetery last Saturday, 13th July to honour and remember former Taoiseach and Fianna Fáil leader Seán Lemass. Mr. Lemass was born in Norwood Estate in Ballybrack on 15th July 1899 and later died on 11th May 1971.
Addressing those assembled at Deansgrange Cemetery, Councillor Cormac Devlin remarked “this year marks the 50th anniversary of the First Economic Plan and it is therefore very appropriate that we would commemorate Seán Lemass. Many would argue that the Second Lemass Government of 1961-1965 was one of the most successful the country has ever seen.”
“Lemass invested huge political capital in education, industry, and the North. A pioneer in terms of Ireland’s relationship with Europe, Lemass laid the foundations for our successful entry into the EEC,” continued Cllr Devlin.
Well known political commentator and author, Noel Whelan, gave the graveside oration detailing the life, achievements and natural leadership qualities of Lemass as one of the founding members of Fianna Fáil in 1926 and as Taoiseach between 1959 – 1966.
Several members of the Lemass, Haughey, O’Connor & O’Brien Families attended the ceremony including Seán Lemass’ daughter and wife of the late former Taoiseach Charles J. Haughey, Maureen Haughey (neé Lemass).