Seamus Pattison receiving the Freedom of Kilkenny City from Mayor Pat Crotty
Freeman of Kilkenny City and former Ceann Comhairle of the Dail, Seamus Pattison passed away today, Sunday.
The 81-year-old had been suffering from Parkinson's Disease.
He was first elected to the Dail in 1961 and served there until his retirement in 2007.
He was chairman of the Dail for five years and was also junior minister at the Department of Social Welfare
He had an impeccable record of public service and was held in high esteem by everyone in Kilkenny.