Taoiseach's tribute to Jack Lynch

Taoiseach's tribute to Jack Lynch
Jack Lynch

AN Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has led tributes to Jack Lynch on the centenary of his birth.

100 years ago today, the politician and sportsman was born in Shandon, going on to become Taoiseach and a six-time All-Ireland winner for Cork.

Although he was leader of Fianna Fáil, Mr Varadkar of Fine Gael paid tribute to his predecessor for moving Ireland forward.

"Jack Lynch's time as Taoiseach coincided with some of the key moments in modern Irish history such as Ireland’s entry into the European Economic Community. He was also known for his sporting exploits in the famous Cork red jersey, enjoying great success in both codes and playing as captain in the All-Ireland hurling title in 1942. There's no doubt that his sporting career prepared him for life in politics, and he remains a notable figure in the political landscape of the 20th century," he said.

Jack Lynch holding 1942 McCarthy cup.
Jack Lynch holding 1942 McCarthy cup.

Writing in the Evening Echo's Jack Lynch supplement, included in today's paper, Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin said that Mr Lynch understood his objectives and was determined in pursuing them.

"The Jack Lynch era was always one which reinforced the economic, social and constitutional foundations on which Ireland's growth has been based. On the field of play just like in politics, he was never a flash and emotional character. He didn't go in for symbolism and he was uncomfortable in promoting himself. He led us through tumultuous times but was always calm and always focused on the future," he said.

Lord Mayor and Fianna Fáil city councillor Tony Fitzgerald will visit St Finbarr's Cemetary today to lay a wreath on Mr Lynch's grave.

AN Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has led tributes to Jack Lynch on the centenary of his birth.

100 years ago today, the politician and sportsman was born in Shandon, going on to become Taoiseach and a six-time All-Ireland winner for Cork.

Although he was leader of Fianna Fáil, Mr Varadkar of Fine Gael paid tribute to his predecessor for moving Ireland forward.

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