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Former TD Paddy Harte laid to rest 11.01.18

THE funeral has taken place today of former Donegal TD Paddy Harte.
Tributes were paid following the death of the former Fine Gael stalwart who was described as a "builder of bridges" and a "tireless worker".
The late Deputy Harte, who was 86, was buried following midday requiem mass in St Eunan’s Church, Raphoe.
There were widespread messages of sympathy and tributes this week following the passing of the father of nine and former government minister.
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said: “Paddy Harte has left a lasting mark on Irish politics, not only through his work as a TD representing the people of Donegal North East, but also as a builder of bridges.
"As Fine Gael spokesman on Northern Ireland, he was a politician who engaged meaningfully with all sides involved in the conflict. He dedicated much of his life to public service, spending almost four decades in Dáil Éireann and working to further the peace process in the North."
Mr Martin added: “Paddy was a tireless worker and popular TD, but it is probably for his involvement in promoting the recognition of Irish people who died during World War I that he will be best remembered.
The late Paddy Harte.
“This work saw him awarded numerous accolades including an honorary OBE and an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the National University of Ireland, as well as being named European of the Year in 1998.
“I want to extend my condolences to Paddy’s wife Rosaleen and his nine children," he added.
Meanwhile, the Church of Ireland Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Rev Ken Good described the late politician as "an especially good friend to Donegal’s Protestant community".
"He was sensitive and responsive to the needs and concerns of this minority and used his understanding – and his impressive political skills – to further peace and reconciliation on both sides of the border.
"The Island of Ireland Peace Park at Messines – which he conceived and developed with the late Glen Barr – is a powerful legacy to both men and an enduring monument to their vision," added Bishop Good.
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