Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has paid tribute to Mr. Seán French following his death in Cork.  Mr. French was a former TD for Fianna Fáil in Cork from 1967 to 1982. 

Speaking after attending the funeral mass of Mr. French this morning Deputy Martin said: “Seán made an enormous contribution to public life and public service in Ireland.  He served the people of Cork as a councillor, as Lord Mayor of the city, and as a TD.  Seán believed in public service and was proud to have been entrusted with those roles by the people. 

“I am deeply saddened by Seán’s passing.  He was a respected, talented and committed person who worked hard for his local community, for Glen Rovers, and the people he represented. 

“Indeed my father canvassed for Seán during his political career and he was held in very high regard in our family.  He was a loyal and trusted confidante of former Taoiseach Jack Lynch with whom he represented Cork for many years. 

“I want to extend my deepest sympathies to Seán’s wife Patsy and their family at this difficult time.”