Former TD Paddy Harte laid to rest
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,
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
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
"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
"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