FIANNA Fáil Leader, Micheál Martin TD, has expressed his sadness at the news of the death of Máire MacSwiney Brugha.
Deputy Martin commented: “I am very saddened to learn of the death of Máire MacSwiney Brugha. She was a woman steeped in republican history and for many years she made a strong and valued contribution to the development of Fianna Fáil.
“Máire was the eldest daughter of Terence MacSwiney, the Lord Mayor of Cork, who died on hunger strike during the War of Independence. Terence MacSwiney is, of course, one of Cork’s most distinguished leaders and his sacrifice has never been forgotten in his native city.
“Though Máire grew up as the child of a republican icon, she actually lived for many years on the continent and only returned to Ireland as a teenager. In 1945, she married Ruairí Brugha, the son of another great republican hero, Cathal Brugha, bringing together two of the country’s most respected republican families. Both Ruairí and Máire, in their own time, were active in republican politics.
“Initially they joined Clann na Poblachta, but in later years they became prominent members of Fianna Fáil. Ruairí served in Dáil Éireann and he was ably supported in his work as a TD by Máire.
“Both Ruairí and Máire were close friends of Jack Lynch and they were among his most trusted political supporters. In later years, Máire wrote a very valuable historical memoir of her life and times. The book was aptly titled History’s Daughter and it is an unique insight into social and political life in 20th century Ireland.
“Right to the end of her days, Máire was proud to be the president of her local Fianna Fáil Cumann in South Dublin.
“Máire passing truly marks the end of an era. She was a direct link with the War of Independence, but in her own time she also made a strong contribution with typical decency, dignity and dedication. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”