Former Meath TD and senator dies

Michael Lynch epitomised the best of FF’s commitment to community politics – Martin

The late Michael Lynch celebrating an election with supporters. Photograph: Paul McCabe/Meath Chronicle

The late Michael Lynch celebrating an election with supporters. Photograph: Paul McCabe/Meath Chronicle

 

Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin has paid tribute to former Co Meath TD and senator Michael Lynch, who has died at the age of 84.

Mr Lynch was elected as a TD twice, in February 1982 and 1987. He lost his seat in the 1989 general election when he was edged out by Noel Dempsey despite a higher first-preference share. In the 1980s he also served as a senator.

He was a local councillor in his hometown of Oldcastle for over 40 years. He retired at the 2009 local elections at the age of 74.

His retirement brought to an end almost a century of public service as his father Philip had been a Sinn Féin and then Fianna Fáil councillor.

Mr Martin commented, “Michael Lynch epitomised the very best of Fianna Fáil’s commitment to community politics and public service.

“Michael had the common touch [and he] served his community and our party with distinction and pride.”

Mr Lynch owned and ran the Ceili House pub in Oldcastle. He was a traditional musician who was involved in Comhaltas Ceoltóiri Éireann.

He was predeceased by his wife Maureen and is survived by his sons Marty and Lorcan, daughters, Noeleen and Carla, and extended family.