Howlin expresses sympathy at death of former Labour TD William (Billy) Murphy

18 September 2018

Labour Party Leader Brendan Howlin TD has expressed his sympathy to the family, friends and constituents of former Labour Party TD for Cork West, William (Billy) Murphy.

Deputy Howlin said:
“William or Billy as he was known was the youngest ever TD elected to the Dáil when he secured 18,909 votes in the Cork West by-election of 1949. This followed the death of his father TJ Murphy in April 1949, who had served as Minister for Local Government in the 1948 inter-party government.

“Billy served in the long tradition of Labour representatives from West Cork and Dunmanway. While he did not run in the following 1951 general election, the seat was successfully defended for the Labour Party by Michael Pat Murphy.

“He went to work for Cork County Council where he continued to serve the people in a different role.

“I want to express my sympathy to his wife Alma, and daughter Maria, extended family and friends. I know they will miss him greatly and may he rest in peace.

“Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.”

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