He served in the Dáil for nearly 30 years.
A former midlands TD is being remembered by the Tánaiste as a passionate and deeply committed former politician, who cared about his community, constituency and country.
Former Laois Offaly Deputy and Junior Environment Minister, Bracknagh's Ger Connolly, passed away yesterday.
He served in the Dáil for nearly 30 years, from 1969 until 1997.
Tanaiste Micheál Martin says Mr. Connolly had a boundless energy and an infectious enthusiasm and was a larger than life presence.
He also says he was a "diligent and hardworking public representative who never forgot where he came from and campaigned continuously for its development and improvement.
As Minister of State, he brought that same energy and commitment to the national stage and impacted positively on people’s lives and communities right across the country. "
Laois Offaly Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen says he was infamous for rising a crowd:
Laois Offaly Fine Gael TD Charlie Flanagan says Mr. Connolly was a passionate advocate for the Midlands & his beloved North Offaly in particular:
"We worked together on many projects.
When I entered the Dail as a young TD he showed me the ropes on many issues.
Ger was ever courteous & friendly & his sharp political mind was always active.
May he rest in peace."
In a statement to Midlands 103, Tánaiste and Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin says:
“Ger loved working with people and was in politics for all the right reasons. He made a real mark and difference on those who he represented in his beloved Offaly, and particularly North Offaly. Ger was a true community champion.
“After his retirement from national politics, Ger remained an active and valued member of Fianna Fáil in Offaly, willingly sharing his insights and sage advice and wisdom. More recently, Ger served as President of Offaly Comhairle Dáilcheantair of Fianna Fáil.
“Ger loved his party, his county and country. I always enjoyed meeting him and getting his advice and insights. Today, Fianna Fáil is the poorer for his passing.
“On my own behalf, and on behalf of the Fianna Fáil organisation, I want to express my deepest sympathies to his family, his children Caitríona, John, Stephen and Ger Jr, his grandchildren and the wider Connolly family. RIP.”
Edenderry Comhairle Ceantair Fianna Fáil says they've lost a political giant, and one who will be remembered for many a year to come.
It described him as an excellent public servant who worked hard for his constituency.