Saturday, 18th November 2017
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Tributes from all sides of the political spectrum have flooded in after the annoucement of the death of former Fine Gael T.D. and Minister for Agriculture Austin Deasy. Mr. Deasy died following a short illness at the age of 80.

A dominant figure in Waterford and national political life for several decades Austin Deasy was first elected to the Dungarvan District Council in 1967.

From there he was elected to national office as a T.D. in 1977.

Mr. Deasy first entered Cabinet life in 1982 when he was appointed Minister for Agriculture, a time noted for his deft negotiations with the European Union in securing a better deal for Irish farmers within the union.

Mr. Deasy held this position until the fall of the Government in 1987.

Austin Deasy resigned from politics in 1988 but returned to front bench life after the success of John Bruton in the 1991 elections. He stayed active in national politic until 2002 when he retired permanently andhis seat was taken up by his son John Deasy.

Austin Deasy will be long remembered as someone who fought tirelessly for his constituent and his county. He is survived by his wife Kathleen and their four children.

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