Former Louth TD and Fine Gael party member Brendan McGahon has passed away aged 80 following a short illness.
Mr McGahon was first elected to the Louth County Council in 1979. Following that he was elected to the Dail in 1982. He held an impressive record of being re-elected on each of the next four general elections.
He was often described as 'colourful' and had a reputation as a social conservative.
Brendan retired in 2002.
He was the uncle of current Louth County Councillor John McGahon.
Brendan's grandfather, T.F. McGahon, helped found the Dundalk Democrat. In his younger years he was a keen rugby player and soccer player with Dundalk FC.
The staff at the Democrat pass on their condolences to Brendan's family at this time.
Reposing at Mc Geoughs Funeral Home, Jocelyn Street, Dundalk, from 2pm until 8pm on Friday. Removal on Saturday morning at 10.50am to St. Patrick's Cathedral arriving for Mass at 11am. Burial afterwards in St Patrick's Cemetery.
Brendan was beloved husband of the late Celine, née Lundy and dear father of Robert, Conor, Adele, Keith and Jill. Deeply regretted by his sons, daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchild, brother Johnny, sisters Anita Murphy, Mary Cotter, Julie Mc Mahon, and Marcella Mc Bride, sons-in-law Alan Nordone, and Henry Back-Herk, Conor's partner Gabriel Rossi, Keith's partner Frances O' Neill, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.