I am deeply saddened at the sudden passing of Austin Currie, a hugely influential figure in Irish Politics, a Kildare South constituent and a friend.

A resident of Derrymullen, Kildare, in recent years Austin was an active member of Allen/Rathangan Fine Gael branch supporting and working with myself,  Cllr. Mark Stafford and Cllr Brendan Wyse.

A founding member of the SDLP in the 1970’s, he served as an MP for East Tyrone and a TD representing Dublin West. He contested the 1990 presidential election and served as Minister for State from 1994-1997.

Whether serving north or south of the border, he was renowned and respected for his strength, bravery, and the courage of his convictions. A man of peace, integrity and social justice.

Deepest Sympathies to his wife Annita, children Estelle, Caitriona, Dualta, Austin and Emer and their families.