An Tánaiste expresses condolences on the death of Alan Gillis

An Tánaiste and Leader of Fine Gael, Leo Varadkar has expressed his condolences on the death of Grangecon man Alan Gillis, a Fine Gael stalwart and former MEP for Leinster. 

Speaking from Fine Gael’s Agriculture and Rural Development conference in Tullamore, Co Offaly, Mr Varadkar said, “It was with deep sadness that I learned of the passing of Alan Gillis, he was a real gentleman and liked by all who met him.

“A dedicated public representative, Gillis was elected as an MEP for Fine Gael in the Leinster Constituency in 1994. While there, he served on the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, putting Irish rural communities at the heart of Europe.

“A former President of the Irish Farmer’s Association, Gillis was a passionate determined and considerate representative both at home and abroad.

“My condolences go to his children, Nigel, Hazel, Barry and Anna, and his extended family.”

Funeral arrangements

Reposing at Halligan’s Funeral Home, Station Road, Rathvilly (Eircode R93 C560), on Sunday evening from 3pm concluding with prayers at 7pm. Funeral on Monday in St. Mary’s Church, Baltinglass at 11am, followed by interment in St. John Baptist Churchyard, Stratford-on-Slaney. Donations in lieu of flowers, if desired, to St. John Baptist Church, Stratford-on-Slaney. The service will be live-streamed on

Funeral arrangements will be carried out strictly in accordance with current HSE guidelines.

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