Tributes have been paid today to the late TD for Mayo East and former Minister, Ballina based, Sean Calleary who died at the weekend.
He was a member of Dáil Éireann from 1973 to 1992 and was a native of Killala and was a civil engineer by profession.
The leader of Fianna Fail Micheal Martin has today described Sean as a colossus in politics and a huge loss to Mayo and nationally.
While Ballina councillor Annie Mae Reape said Sean was a gentleman.
Sean Calleary served as Minister of State at the Department of Public Service, at the Department of Trade, Commerce and Tourism and at the Department of Foreign Affairs .
He was also a former councillor on both Mayo county council and Ballina Urban council.
Mr. Calleary was also well known in sporting circles as a prolific athlete and sports enthusiast.
Hi father Phelim was a TD for Mayo North from 1952 to 1969, while his son Dara is the current Deputy Leader of Fianna Fáil and a TD for Mayo since 2007.
He is survived by his wife Doris, daughter Siofra, son's John, Conall and Dara, grandchildren, and wider family.
The leader of Fianna Fail Micheal Martin says Sean was a colossus in Irish politics but particularly in Mayo politics and many in the party are greatly saddened by his passing.
Ballina based Fianna Fail councillor Annie Mae Reape was a former secretary to the late Minister. She described Sean as a gentleman.
Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny served in the Dail and on Mayo county council with Sean Calleary
He has described Sean as a fearless defender of Ballina and Mayo. He says as an engineer, Sean brought the quality of strategic thinking to his politics, particularly in respect of the development of the West.
As a young deputy, Seán Calleary often gave him advice on particular political difficulties that arose.
He says “as a rugby player, Seán understood what team effort was like and brought that to fruition with his native Ballina. He was also an avid supporter of Mayo senior footballers over the years. Ballina has lost one of its finest sons", Enda Kenny concluded.
Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring, has expressed his condolences to the family of the late Sean Calleary.
He says he was very sorry to learn of his passing saying he served the people of Mayo and Ireland very well as a TD and Minister.