“I was very sorry to hear of the sad passing of Des O’Malley and my sympathies go to Des’s family on what must be a very difficult time with such a personal loss.
“Des O’Malley has left an enduring legacy of supreme public service to the people of this constituency and the State.
“He proudly worked for, defended and represented his native city throughout his career whether in Government, on the opposition benches or in Limerick Corporation.
“During the course of a long, successful and colourful career, and on many occasions when he must have been under incredible pressure and strain, he remained resolutely steadfast to his beliefs and his conviction won out in the end – to the benefit of all on this island.
“I knew Des and always found him to be highly intelligent, engaging and quick witted with a sharp political mind. He had a passion and keen interest in all things Limerick.
“Many words will be said today by those who soldiered with, and indeed, against Des. Ultimately the respect in which he was held by all is a tribute in itself.
“Quite simply, Des O’Malley was a political colossus, a man of immense conviction and will be remembered by all in Limerick and Ireland as such.
“May he rest in peace.”