'We won't see his likes again'
' WE WON'T see his likes again,' said Deputy Brendan Howlin this week, echoing the sentiments of many others following the death of Leo Carthy.
'Leo was one of the starring figures of local politics and of the Wexford community,' said Brendan.
'He was the longest serving member of Wexford County Council and associated with every aspect of life in south Wexford. He was a community giant,' said the Labour TD.
Deputy John Browne said that Leo, an Independent Councillor for 49 years, was 'a community councillor, not a political councillor and he represented all strands of society in south Wexford'.
'I served with Leo for 20 years and he was a tremendous Councillor,' said the Fianna Fáil TD. 'He was a very good colleague and a man of his word.'
He spoke of the great respect and affection for Leo throughout political circles, with An Taoiseach Brian Cowen – who Leo sang with in The Lobster Pot in Carne – sending his Aide-de-Comp to yesterday's funeral in Our Lady's Island.
John recalled Leo's immense popularity, not just at home, but abroad, which was made abundantly clear a few years back when John, then a member of the ministerial ranks, was invited to Connecticut for St Patrick's Day and said he was delighted to be their guest of honour.
However, the Minister arrived in the United States with his entourage only to find that one Cllr Leo Carthy was in fact the guest of honour!
'He was a great colleague and someone we all looked up to, regardless of political affiliation,' said Fine Gael Councillor Pat Codd.
'He was a great ambassador for Wexford and will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him – and that's a lot of people!'
Pat noted that Leo represented an era that's passing and that he was a gentleman who epitomised all that was good about the traditions of his native land.
County Manager Eddie Breen said that Leo had 'a terrific record' during his 49 years with Wexford County Council and was 'a tenacious advocate of people he was making representations on behalf of '.
'He was the father figure of the council in my time here. This is a very sad loss, but he leaves behind a terrific legacy,' said Eddie.