Death of Member: Expression of Sympathy.

: The House will have learned with the deepest regret of the death last month, following a brief illness, of Deputy James J. Kennedy— ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

As Deputies know, the late Deputy was attending to his duties here to the end of the last Dáil Session, and his untimely death has come as a great shock to us all.

Deputy Kennedy was a practical farmer with a wide knowledge of the agricultural industry and farming problems. A former Chairman of Wexford County Council and a Council member at the time of his death he was also a member of the County Committee of Agriculture and a former Director of the Agricultural Credit Corporation.

A lover of Gaelic games he was himself in the 1930's a prominent footballer and member of Wexford County teams. During his comparatively short period as a Member of Dáil Éireann, he made many valuable contributions to our deliberations here. His obvious sincerity and his genial and unassuming personality endeared him to all Members of the House who will greatly miss him. He will be especially missed by the people of County Wexford whose welfare was ever his concern and on whose behalf he laboured so tirelessly.

I would ask you, a Cheann Comhairle, to convey to his bereaved widow and children and to the other members of his family, our deepest sympathy. Go dtuga Dia gach solás dóibh uilig agus go dtuga Sé suimhneas na bhFlaitheas d'anam dílis an té atá imithe uainn.

Members rose in their places.