Mairead McGuinness MEP and first Vice-President of the European Parliament has paid tribute to former Fine Gael TD, Seymour Crawford, who has died.
“He has made an enormous contribution to Irish public life,” she said today.
“Coming from an agricultural background and having served as chairman of the livestock committee of the IFA, he had a very deep knowledge of the importance of farming to rural Ireland.
“This later served him in a very successful political career that spanned decades, bringing to national attention the issues of concern to his community.
“And being a border county man and of the Presbyterian faith he had particular insights and understanding that he used to very great effect at a crucial time during the peace process.
“On a personal level he was one of the finest people anyone could meet, something that no doubt contributed to his stellar political success,” she said.
“He will be sadly missed.”
Ms McGuinness expressed her deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Seymour Crawford.