There to meet him at the end of a long guard of honour was the politician’s wife, Mary, and children Micheál Aodh, Aoibhe and Cillian.
“I’m also looking forward to the championship when it returns after Covid-19.”
“It’s difficult not to be able to shake hands with our very good friends who came out today,” he said. “Covid-19 has changed everything. Many families have lost loved ones and, in many ways, this is a new reality. Some of those who passed on would have canvassed for me in bygone years making this poignant.