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‘Kieran Crotty was a strong and independent-minded chairman of the Fine Gael parliamentary party’ – former taoiseach John Bruton

 

 

MANY tributes have been paid to the late Kieran Crotty, The Weir, Castlecomer Road, Kilkenny, who represented Carlow/Kilkenny as a TD from 1969 up his retirement from national politics in 1989, retaining his Dáil seat at six successive general elections.

He passed away peacefully, aged 91, surrounded by his loving family at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) on Friday 22 July.

First elected to Dáil Éireann in 1969, Kieran Crotty was a highly regarded public representative, who was made a freeman of his native Kilkenny city in 2015 – an honour richly earned.

He grew up in a family political environment, as his father Patrick James (Paddy) Crotty served as a Fine Gael TD for Carlow/Kilkenny from 1948 to 1969. Paddy Crotty served as parliamentary secretary to the minister for industry and commerce from 1954 to 1957. He did not seek re-election at the 1969 general election, when son Kieran retained the seat for Fine Gael. Paddy Crotty died in November 1970 at the age of 68.

In extending his deepest condolence to the family and friends of Kieran Crotty, tánaiste and leader of Fine Gael Leo Varadkar said: “He was a true public servant for his city of Kilkenny, where he was well known as a businessman and public representative.

“In total, he gave over 30 years of his life to public service through his time in the Dáil and on Kilkenny County Council, where he served as mayor of Kilkenny for six terms. First elected to the Dáil in 1969, he served the people of Carlow and Kilkenny as a TD for over 20 years.

“Kieran was deservedly awarded freeman of Kilkenny in 2015. He contributed so much to his community, including helping to found the ‘Keep Kilkenny Beautiful’ committee, the work of which has resulted in a number of Tidy Towns awards for Kilkenny over the years.

“He was very involved in both Kilkenny Rugby Club and Dicksboro GAA, with which he won a county title in hurling in 1951.”

The tánaiste extended sincere condolence to Mr Crotty’s wife Margaret, son Pat and daughters Angela, Hillary and Mary, his nephew cllr David Fitzgerald and all his extended family.

Former taoiseach John Bruton said Kieran Crotty “lived an exceptionally productive life”.

In paying tribute to the life of the former TD, Mr Bruton said Kieran Crotty was a strong and independent-minded chairman of the Fine Gael parliamentary party.

“He brought very valuable practical business experience to bear on political issues. He came from a family that has given great political service to this state and continues to do so to this day.

“He was one of my oldest political friends, first elected to the Dáil as we were on the same day in 1969. Finola (wife) and I extend heartfelt sympathy to Margaret and all the Crotty family at this very sad time.”

Among the online condolence messages was one from former taoiseach Bertie Ahern. Others came from Pat Fitzpatrick, cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council, and Fergal Browne, Fine Gael member of Carlow County Council, as well as from several former and serving members of the Oireachtas.

Kieran was younger brother of the late Thomas P (Tom) Crotty, Braganza, Athy Road, Carlow, long-time owner of Crotty’s Bakery on Tullow Street. Tom died on 3 February this year aged 93.

Kieran’s youngest brother Michael (Mick) Crotty played right-half-forward on the great Kilkenny hurling sides of the 1970s, the James Stephens clubman winning All-Ireland senior hurling medals with the Cats in 1972, 1974, 1975 and 1979, a National League medal in 1976 and a Railway Cup with Leinster in 1979, while being holder of six Leinster SHC medals and being honoured with one All-Star. Kieran was a lifelong follower of Kilkenny hurling teams and a familiar figure down the years at Kilkenny games in Croke Park, Thurles and other venues.

Kieran Crotty reposed at his home on Sunday 24 July, concluding with Rosary and vigil prayers at 6pm. His requiem Mass was celebrated on Monday 25 July in St Canice’s Church, Kilkenny, followed by burial in St Kieran’s Cemetery.

Besides his wife, son and daughters, Kieran is also survived by his siblings Patricia, Pat, Bernard, Nuala, Jim and Michael, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, his ten grandchildren, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents Patrick and Mary, sisters Ann and Mary and brother Tom.

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