Councillors pay tribute to former chairman

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Cathaoirleach 14LIMERICK county councillors paid special tribute this week to their friend and colleague Richard Butler who died last Sunday after battling cancer.

At a special meeting on Wednesday, Cathaoirleach, Cllr John Sheahan described the former Chairman‘s death as an “extremely sad and solemn occasion”. He extended the council’s condolences to Mr Butler’s wife, Bernie; son, Daniel and daughter. Susan.

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He described the 56-year-old Fine Gael politician as a “dear colleague” and “very respected man” in public life.

Cllr Michael Collins remembered Mr Butler as a “larger than life character” and said he would be a “huge loss” to family, friends, constituents and the local authority.

Cllr Tomas Hannon spoke of Richard Butler as a very good friend and a man who “worked tirelessly for the community”.

Cllr Mary Jackman said he was “very quick-witted” with a “tremendous sense of humour” and recalled his “spark and warmth for interacting with people”.

Cllr Eddie Wade described him as a “most honourable man” while, Cllr Will O’Donnell said he was “a flamboyant character” who carried out his duties with “great decorum”.

Council members formed a guard of honour at the funeral at St Nessan’s Church in Raheen this Wednesday.