The Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Michael Collins has expressed his sympathies to the family of former Minister and MEP Tom O’Donnell following his death. The 94-year-old died at his home in Ballysheedy last night.
Mayor Michael Collins said: “I would like to offer my condolences and those of the people of Limerick to the family of Tom O’Donnell, following his passing. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him, most especially by his wife Helen and their son Thomas.
“Tom exemplified what it meant to be a public servant. He served the people of the old Limerick East constituency unselfishly, with great distinction, care and attention to detail ever since he was elected to Dáil Éireann in the 1960s, and he was rewarded by being returned at every subsequent election he contested up until he retired in 1989.
“Tom served as Minister for the Gaeltacht after the 1973 general election and was elected as an MEP in 1979, a seat he retained until 1989.
“Tom’s standing in Limerick, not just as one of our finest politicians but also as a Limerick citizen who did so much for his county in a personal capacity, was recognised by both the old Limerick County Council and Limerick City Council.
They awarded him two separate civic receptions in 2001 and 2005 respectively to mark his long career in politics and his voluntary service to the people of Limerick, in the county and the city.
“Tom was a true gentleman, whose attention to detail and passion for his work has left a lasting legacy for all.
"Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam."