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 Header Item Deaths of Former Members: Expressions of Sympathy (Continued)
 Header Item Order of Business

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 865 No. 2

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(Speaker Continuing)

[Deputy Michael Ring: Information on Michael Ring Zoom on Michael Ring] As politicians we get abuse, and we are lucky to have families. John Carty was lucky with Kathleen and the beautiful family he had and to have the loyalty of his brother and sisters. He was a great colleague, a great friend and will be sadly missed. He will be missed by Fianna Fáil but, in particular, by his family whom I welcome to the House.

Deputy John O'Mahony: Information on John O'Mahony Zoom on John O'Mahony I would like to be associated with the expressions of sympathy for John Carty and I welcome Kathleen and all the Carty family here. I share with them the deep sense of loss they have experienced, following the death of a husband, a father and a brother. I knew John Carty as a community worker and an activist long before either of us got involved in representative politics. I knew of his community work for the people of Knock and beyond. I met him on many occasions at Aghamore GAA club when he was supporting his family members playing for his club. He may have been quiet and unassuming in terms of his involvement in his community but that never took away from the diligent way he worked for, and on behalf, of his community. He was from, and worked for, his people. We may have been political rivals when both of us were elected over recent years but the one thing I would say - maybe it is a lesson to politicians on all sides of the House – is that John Carty was always willing to engage in an issue. He wanted issues solved for Mayo and the region. He did that in an inoffensive way. He wanted to find a solution rather than insult anybody on the way to getting that solution. We are with all the family in their deep sense of loss.

Deputy Michelle Mulherin: Information on Michelle Mulherin Zoom on Michelle Mulherin I am pleased to add to the tributes to John Carty and to express my sympathy to the Carty and Regan families on the passing of John. I knew John but did not serve on the county council at the same time as him, nor was I a Member of the Dáil at the same time as him. However, I knew him from the radio and from meeting him around the county, whether at a funeral, a public meeting or some event. He was a very affable man and he was a really hard worker. He was persistent and had a style about him which was to persist. It was never about insulting anybody, which made him very well liked across the board, whether one was from Fianna Fáil or from whatever political persuasion. He worked very hard in the Knock and Claremorris areas and, in particular, in east Mayo. He left his mark, in particular in regard to his expertise in the field of agriculture which he brought to bear on his work for the people of Mayo. I express my appreciation as a Deputy and as someone from the county for the work he did.

The Carty house in Knock is an open house, whether that was through the children or John and Kathleen. They are at the heart of the community and John was well known throughout the whole county on a personal level. He was a great friend of P.J. Morley, who has sadly passed away also.

As I said, we were not political adversaries, as Deputy O'Mahony described it, other than on one occasion when we were both on the 2007 general election ballot paper. However, I served with his brother Michael, who is here today, on Mayo County Council. John bore his illness with great courage, as did his family. He is a great loss to them, to his friends and to his former colleagues, both within Fianna Fáil and outside it. May his soul rest in peace.

Deputy Dominic Hannigan: Information on Dominic Hannigan Zoom on Dominic Hannigan On behalf of the Labour Party, I would like to express our condolences to the late John Carty's family. Many colleagues spoke of John's time on Mayo County Council or in the Dáil but I knew him from his time in Seanad Éireann. I served in the previous Seanad and, like Deputy McCarthy, we have very fond memories of John. John spoke often and very affectionately about his family. He was a gentleman in all of his dealings and I do not think there was a person in these Houses who was not sad to hear of the passing of John. He left here with a very high reputation and was held in an extremely high esteem. Our thoughts go out to his family. May his soul rest in peace.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt I would like to add my words of sympathy to the family. John was a good friend and a very fine public representative. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Members rose.

Order of Business

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny It is proposed to take No. 25a, motion re proposed approval by Dáil Éireann of draft Commission of Investigation (Certain Matters relative to the Cavan-Monaghan Division of the Garda Síochána) Order 2014; No. 50, Irish Collective Asset-management Vehicles Bill 2014 - Order for Report, Report and Final Stages; No. 8, Redress for Women Resident in Certain Institutions Bill 2014 - Order for Second Stage and Second Stage; and No. 51, motion re proposed approval by Dáil Éireann of the draft Commission of Investigation (Mother and Baby Homes and Certain Related Matters) Order 2015 (resumed).

  It is proposed, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders, that: (1) in the event a division is in progress at the time fixed for taking Private Members' business, the Dáil shall sit later than 9 p.m. and Private Members' business, which shall be No. 189 – motion re housing affordability (resumed), shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion after 90 minutes; (2) No. 25a shall be decided without debate; and (3) the resumed proceedings on No. 51 shall be taken at 5.30 p.m. and shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at 7.30 p.m. Tomorrow's business after Oral Questions shall be No. 8 - Redress for Women Resident in Certain Institutions Bill 2014 - Second Stage (resumed).

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt There are three proposals to be put to the House. Is the proposal for dealing with the late sitting agreed to? Agreed. Is the proposal for dealing with No. 25a agreed to?

Deputy Gerry Adams: Information on Gerry Adams Zoom on Gerry Adams It is not agreed.

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