LIMERICK County Council is to convene a special meeting this Tuesday in advance of the funeral of the late Limerick TD and councillor Peadar Clohessy.
The Fedamore man was elected to the Dail once for Fianna Fail and on three occasions for the Progressive Democrats, of which he was a founding member.
Cathaoirleach Cllr John Sheahan has called a meeting to pass a vote of sympathy a couple of hours before the late politician is due to be laid to rest. Mr Clohessy, who passed away at Milford Hospice at the weekend, was himself a former chairman of the county council.
“He was a very quiet and simple man who did his job and did it very well,” recalled John Quinn, a former colleague who was elected the first PD Mayor of Limerick in 1992.
“Whatever problems he picked up in East Limerick, he was able to have them dealt with in a way that ensured he was returned time after time both to the council and to the Dail. He was very conscientious in the way he went about his work,” Mr Quinn said.
Mr Clohessy was politically close to Des O’Malley so it came as little surprise that he joined the PDs, for whom he was first elected with O’Malley in Limerick East in 1987.
He was one of only six of the party’s TDs to retain his seat in 1989 and was returned again in 1992.
Cllr Kieran O’Hanlon, another former Progressive Democrat now back in the Fianna Fail fold, said O’Malley and Clohessy were a somewhat unusual double act but had “complemented one another very well”.
“They were very different characters and very different politicians. Peadar was inoffensive and a thorough gentleman and he was very local in outlook. Des wasn’t as local in his approach but he was the best Taoiseach we never had.”
Peadar Clohessy had been “a great friend” and “my main mentor when I first went for the council”.
Survived by his sons Andrew, Patrick and Michael, and daughters Alice, Margaret and Sinead, Mr Clohessy’s funeral mass takes place in Fedamore at 12 noon this Tuesday.