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Statement from Fine Gael on the death of former TD, Councillor Gerard Murphy

16th April 2024 - Fine Gael Press Office

An Taoiseach and Leader of Fine Gael, Simon Harris has expressed his condolences on the death of former TD for Cork North West, Councillor Gerard Murphy.

“It was with deep sadness that I learned of the passing of Councillor Gerard Murphy today.

“He was a dedicated public representative who loved his local areas of Kanturk and Newmarket, serving them with great loyalty, hard work, and distinction. Solving problems and finding solutions for the people he represented was at the heart of everything he did.

“Gerard was first elected to office in 1992 and subsequently to the Dáil in 2002, serving until 2007. While in the Dáil, Gerard served as Vice-Chairman of the Justice and Equality Committee.

“He wore his commitment to community development with pride and fought tirelessly for local funding, including significant projects like the Newmarket community playground.

“To Marian, their children, and the grandchildren, my deepest sympathy at this very difficult time.

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.”

Deputy Micheal Creed said:

“Gerard was a personal friend of mine for over many years.

“An architect of the many successes in Cork North West, he was a consummate political tactician.

“He was driven by the pursuit of progress for his constituents, both at a personal and community level, and leaves a legacy of achievement that is widely recognised.”

Cllr John Paul O’Shea said:

I have known Gerard Murphy for many years and he has always been a good friend and mentor to me.

“His knowledge of local government was exceptional and he was always proud of the work that Cork County Council did on behalf of the people of Cork county.

“He always fought the case for Newmarket and North Cork within the Council Chamber and delivered on so many projects for the area. He will be missed dearly by all who had the pleasure to engage with him”.

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