The Leader of Fine Gael, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD has today (Thursday) expressed condolences to the family of Monica Barnes on the news of her death.
“Monica Barnes was an inspiration for so many people in the Fine Gael party and beyond.
“She was particularly inspirational for women and younger members of our party.
“Monica gave great service to Fine Gael and to the people of Dun Laoghaire, whom she served as a TD for some fifteen years.
“She was first elected to the Dáil in 1982, having been encouraged to enter the political arena by Garret FitzGerald, as a result of her work in the women’s movement.
“Monica spent her political career as an advocate for women and a champion of policies to bring about progress for the women’s movement. She was always willing to speak her mind and she was a fearless campaigner for change, at a time when it was not always easy.
“My condolences go to Monica’s family at this time. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.”