The Leader of Fine Gael, An Tánaiste Leo Varadkar TD, has today (Monday, 10th August) expressed his sincere condolences to the family and friends of PJ Sheehan, former Fine Gael TD for Cork South West, on the sad news of his death.
“I am saddened to hear of the death of PJ Sheehan today, especially as it comes so soon after the death of his beloved wife Frances.
“PJ was a stalwart of West Cork Fine Gael.
“Elected to the Dáil in 1981, he served the people of Cork South West in our national parliament for 21 straight years, and he was delighted to later win back the seat in 2007. He spent much of the period when he was out of the Dáil continuing his commitment to public service through his work as a local Councillor.
“I served alongside Paddy between 2007-11. Our offices were on the same floor and I got to know him and Frances well. He was a wonderful character the likes of whom we will not see again. I only spoke to him last week to offer my condolences on her passing. They are together again.
“PJ was a hugely popular politician in West Cork and I know he will be widely missed.
“My condolences go to PJ’s family and friends at this very difficult time.
“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.”