Senators will be aware that Dr. Seán McCarthy, a Member of Seanad Éireann from 1989 to 1992, passed away last Monday. Seán had a long and distinguished career in public service, including four terms in Dáil Éireann as a Teachta Dála for Tipperary South. He served as Minister of State at the Department of Industry and Commerce from 1987 to 1989 and as a councillor for Tipperary for many years. His public service spanned five decades. Before entering public life, Seán's commitment to serving the public could be seen when he graduated as a medical student and became a medical doctor and general practitioner in Cashel where he was affectionately known as "The Doc". Among the many tributes paid to Seán on his passing was a tribute from Cashel King Cormacs GAA Club, where he was doctor for many years to the senior hurling team in the 1990s. Seán was an intercounty hurler, serving with Tipperary as a minor hurler.
At this sad time, our thoughts are with his family. On behalf of Seanad Éireann, I convey my sincere sympathies to his children, Eoin, Caitríona, John, Aidan and Maria and to his extended family and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.