“I sincerely regret the passing of former Fianna Fáil councillor, TD and Minister of State, Seán Calleary.
“I served with Seán for many years on Mayo County Council and as a deputy in Leinster House. Seán was a fearless defender of Ballina and Mayo.
“As an engineer, he brought the quality of strategic thinking to his politics, particularly in respect of the development of the West.
“As a young deputy, Seán Calleary often gave me advice on particular political difficulties that arose from time to time.
“As a rugby player, Seán understood what team effort was like and brought that to fruition with his native Ballina. He was also an avid supporter of Mayo senior footballers over the years. Ballina has lost one of its finest sons.
“To his wife Doris, daughter Siofra, sons John, Conall and Dara, who proudly continues his father’s legacy, and to the entire Calleary family, I pass on my deepest sympathies.”