Longford mourns passing of former Fianna Fail senator Mickey Doherty

Former Fianna Fail politician, Longford county councillor and senator, Michael ‘Mickey’ Doherty passed away this afternoon aged 82.

Former Fianna Fail politician, Longford county councillor and senator, Michael ‘Mickey’ Doherty passed away this afternoon aged 82.

Perhaps best known in his role as special advisor to ex Taoiseach Albert Reynolds, the Ballinalee native entered local politics in 1967, serving as a county councillor for over two decades before eventually stepping down from public life in the mid 90s.

An auctioneer by profession, Michael or ‘Mickey’ as he was more commonly referred to by his friends and peers, also enjoyed a two year spell as a senator (1987-89) after securing election to the 18th Seanad’s adminstrative panel.

This evening, glowing tributes to the man known as ‘The Popular’ have poured in, the most poignant of which came from his friend, political running mate and former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds.

“He (Mickey) was with me from the very start,” said Mr Reynolds in an emotional interiew with longfordleader.ie earlier today.

“He was a great character and he would always make sure of going out of his way to look after you. There was no question Micky was very well got.”

Asked about his most redeeming qualities and why he opted to promote the late Mr Doherty to the role of special advisor upon his election as Taoiseach in 1992, Mr Reynolds replied: “When Mickey spoke you listened. Whether you wanted to hear it or not, Mickey would tell you.”

Evening prayers for the late Mickey Doherty will be held at St Joseph’s Hospital Chapel, Dublin Road, Longford at 6:20pm tomorrow (Thursday) evening followed by removal to St Mary’s Church, Ennybegs for 7:30pm. Funeral Mass is scheduled for 12 noon on Friday with burial afterwards to the adjoining cemetery.

Full report and tributes in next week’s Longford Leader.