Tributes have poured in for former Fine Gael TD and long-standing member of the IFA - Seymour Crawford - who has passed away at the age of seventy-four.
Mairead McGuinness MEP and first Vice-President of the European Parliament issued a statement following his passing, saying that Mr. Crawford made "an enormous contribution to Irish public life".
“Coming from an agricultural background and having served as chairman of the livestock committee of the IFA, he had a very deep knowledge of the importance of farming to rural Ireland.
“This later served him in a very successful political career that spanned decades, bringing to national attention the issues of concern to his community." Ms McGuinness said.
Mairead added that being a border county man and of the Presbyterian faith, he had particular insights and understanding that he used to very great effect at a crucial time during the peace process.
“On a personal level, he was one of the finest people anyone could meet, something that no doubt contributed to his stellar political success,” she said noting that he "be sadly missing".
Ms McGuinness expressed her deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Seymour Crawford.
IFA & An Taoiseach
The Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) said Mr. Crawford was a "long-standing member of IFA and served as National Livestock Chairman. Our sympathies to his family."An Taoiseach also expressed his condolences following the death ofMr. Crawford.
“Passionate on so many issues from agriculture to education, Seymour played a crucial role in the work of the British Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body during one of the most important periods of the Peace Process, bringing his unique perspective to the table as the only Ulster Protestant member of the Oireachtas delegation.
“On a personal note, I had the privilege of working alongside Seymour during his final term in the Dáil, and I know that I wasn’t the only member of the current Government to listen and learn from him prior to his retirement in 2011." An Taoiseach concluded.