Death of Senator: Expression of Sympathy.

Wednesday, 1 February 1956

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 45 No. 12

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An Cathaoirleach: Information on Patrick Francis Baxter Zoom on Patrick Francis Baxter Since our last meeting, another old and valued colleague has been taken from amongst us. The unexpected death during the recess of Senator James T. McGee has deprived this House of one of its most striking and independent figures. Like many others of his generation, he came prominently into the nation's political life through the portals of the prison and internment camp.

Senator McGee was elected to the Seanad on the Administrative Panel and has been continuously a member of this House since 1938.

The late Senator was a man of many parts. Indeed it might be said of him that he was the embodiment of unity with diversity. He farmed extensively and intensively. He was always ahead of his time and it would be true to say that his farming operations were a complete cycle.

Yet, he was at the same time an expanding and successful industrial leader whose new enterprises were already making their mark on the economy of the country.

He was a noted bloodstock owner and breeder whose successes on the course were as much a tribute to his knowledge and judgment as to his versatility.

His election as chairman of the Irish Cattle Traders' and Stockowners' Association was a further proof of the confidence which his colleagues placed on his wide experience and ability.

But it was on the conduct of local affairs in his native County of Louth he has left his mark indelibly. For more than 30 years he presided over the councils of the county and he was always in the van of progress.

[1008] Senator McGee took his parliamentary duties seriously and was in constant attendance in the House. An eloquent and forceful speaker, a courteous and kindly colleague, he was popular with the members of the Oireachtas of all Parties. His presence and his voice will be sorely missed.

To the widow and relatives of the late Senator, I shall convey on your behalf, and on my own, our sympathy and appreciation. Solas Dé lena anam.

Senators rose in their places.

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