The President extends his sympathies to the family of Robert Molloy

The former TD passed away earlier today

The President extends his sympathies to the family of Robert Molloy

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The President, Michael D. Higgins, has passed on his sympathies to the family of former TD Robert Molloy.

"I have heard with great sadness of the death of Robert (Bobby) Molloy with whom I shared the honour of representing the people of Galway West. 
  
My thoughts first and foremost are with Bobby's wife Phyllis, his daughters Sorcha and Sinead, sons Donnacha and Dara and his wider family, and on behalf of myself and Sabina, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies. 
  
Bobby Molloy made a huge contribution to Irish public life as a member of several Cabinets. The constituency he represented was one of the largest in the country, containing Ireland's largest Gaeltacht, the Aran Islands and Inishbofin. Throughout his career, he gave excellent service over several decades and his name is recalled with great affection throughout the constituency. 
  
Both of us served as Mayors of Galway and both of us were members of Galway County Council. His life in politics began before mine, and on every platform he served, he delivered his contribution, which was always well informed, with great distinction. 
  
A close friend of Desmond O'Malley, he was one of the founding members of the Progressive Democrats. He earned the respect of both his supporters and opponents because of the integrity with which he held his views. 

To his wife Phillys, and to his children, Sabina and I would extend our deepest sympathies," he said.  

The former minister was a founding member of the Progressive Democrat party and was first elected to the Dáil in 1965.