It was with great sadness that I learned this morning of the passing of PJ Mara.
On behalf of the Fianna Fáil party I wish to extend our condolences to his family.
In a series of general elections as well as the referendum on the Good Friday Agreement PJ proved himself to be the most effective campaign director in Irish political history. He brought immense humour, judgement and commitment to the role.
As Government Press Secretary for five years he brought a new energy and professionalism to the role which was recognised throughout Europe during the 1990 Presidency of the European Council.
Whether it was international statesmen or a local party stalwart PJ was always available to encourage and support.
PJ was a true original who it was an honour and a pleasure to know and to work with.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.