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Former Louth TD Eddie Filgate passes away aged 101

Former Louth TD Eddie Filgate passes away aged 101

The death has occurred of former local TD Eddie Filgate.

The former Fianna Fáil representative, from Louth Village, was 101 making him the oldest surviving member of the Oireachtas.

Eddie served for five years as a TD in Louth. He was first elected to the 21st Dáil at the 1977 General Election, taking the third seat with 5,954 votes (13.97% share). He was then re-elected at the 1981 election with 5,823 votes (12.72% share) and again at the February 1982 General Election where he took 6,109 votes (14.04% share).

He did not contest the November 1982 General Election, with Seamus Kirk taking over his seat. Amongst his many other roles over the years included several years as a councillor and a tenure on the committee of Louth VEC, as well as the old North Eastern Health Board.

A former sales manager, he was predeceased by his wife Eilish in 1989. The couple had five children, one of whom passed away in the late 1970s. One of 11 children of the late James and Margaret Filgate, he continued to live in Louth Village next to the site of the house he grew up in right up until his death.

In September 2015 he celebrated his 100th birthday with a special gathering in the Nuremore Hotel.

Funeral arrangements will be made later.

Sympathy to his family and friends on his passing. May he Rest in Peace.

Picture credit: Raymond Kieran (Flickr)

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