Former Minister for Justice and Louth deputyDermot Ahern said that Edward Haughey was a “great philanthropist” with a keen interest in politics.
“Edward was great company to be with,” Mr ahern said. “He was very easy to get on with.
“He invited me on a number of occasions to Ballyedmond Castle in Rostrevor and we get on very well.
“He was a great philanthropist. He made considerable gestures throughout his life, some private and others very quiet.”
Mr Haughey was appointed to Seanad by the then Taoiseach Albert Reynolds in 1994, and again by Bertie Ahern in 1997.
“Although coming from a business background, Edward had a keen interest in politics,” said Mr Ahern.
“Along with many other people, he played a part behind the scenes in the peace process.
“He knew that business would be prosperous if peace descended on the island.”
Mr Ahern can recall a vivid memory of Edward.
“In my early twenties, myself and my wife were sailing across Carlingford Lough.
“When we reached the county Down side, we took a break to catch our breath before heading back. A man came over to us and told us that we were on private property.
“When I asked who it was, I was told Edward Haughey’s.
“I told story when Edward invited me as a special guest at a function in his castle. I was once a trespasser on his land and years later I was invited to his castle.”
Dermot offered his condolences to Edward’s wife and children.”