Tributes paid on passing of former Galway TD Noel Treacy

Galway Daily news Memorial service Portiuncula Hospital

Former Galway TD and titan in county politics and sports Noel Treacy has passed away at the age of 70.

The Gurteen, Ballinsloe native spent almost three decades in politics after first becoming a Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East in a 1982 byelection.

In his long and successful career he served as a junior minister in six different government administrations.

He retired from politics ahead of the 2011 general election, but continued to be active in the county. Treacy was appointed Chairman of the Galway GAA county board in 2013.

Current TD for the Galway East constituency said that Noel Treacy was someone who cared deeply about the needs of the people he represented, and placed them at the heart of his work.

“He exemplified the very best in public service and was an exceptionally talented man.”

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said that he was “deeply saddened” to hear of the former TDs passing, calling him a good friend, and outstanding public representative.

“He cared deeply about his community and country, serving both with energy and commitment.”

Treacy is survived by his wife Mary, his four children Joan, Emer, Lisa and Rory, grandchildren, and extended family.