It was with deep shock and sadness that I learned today of the sudden and untimely death of my colleague Cllr Gary Wyse.
Gary was an example of what is best about community politics in our country. He was devoted to improving his native Waterford City, providing employment and working to maintain and improve services for his most vulnerable neighbours.
He had recently been confirmed as the party’s candidate for next year’s local elections in Waterford East, enjoying the affection and respect of his colleagues throughout Waterford. Indeed, when I spent time with him last year visiting the homes of his constituents, I was struck by the genuine warmth and regard that people had for him. There was a deep and solid respect for his honesty.
When the Fianna Fáil Parliamentary Party travelled to Waterford recently for our pre-Dáil term strategy meeting, we had the opportunity to hear directly from Gary on the challenges facing the city and his ideas for improving the region. As always, we were hugely impressed by his infectious energy and enthusiasm for his community and the challenges it faced.
I left Waterford with every confidence that Gary had a productive and successful career in public service ahead of him.
On behalf of the entire Fianna Fáil organisation in Waterford and across the country, I would like to offer Gary’s mother Eileen, wife Michelle, their four children and his entire family circle every sympathy and support.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.