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Former Government press secretary PJ Mara laid to rest in Co Galway

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Former Government press secretary PJ Mara laid to rest in Co Galway

Former Government press secretary PJ Mara will be laid to rest in Co Galway today.

The 73-year-old, who was known for his work as advisor to the former Taoiseach Charlie Haughey, passed away in hospital on Friday following a long illness. He had been in hospital since late last year.

Mr Mara also served as Government Press Secretary for Fianna Fáil.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny described Mr Mara as someone who "moved colourfully through the world of politics".

Mr Kenny said Mr Mara had always been loyal to Fianna Fáil leaders and could always be relied upon for a joke or a quip. 

Mr Kenny said Mr Mara was not afraid to make decisions or make recommendations, when called upon. 

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, who appointed Mr Mara Fianna Fáil director of elections for three successful elections between 1997 and 2007, said he was a "wonderful and hugely smart person" and a "very loyal" friend. 

Mr Mara passed away in hospital in Dublin following a long illness. 

He came to prominence as half of one of the best known duos in Irish politics, working with Charlie Haughey from the 1970s.

Mr Haughey appointed him to the Seanad twice in the early 1980s.

Mr Mara's funeral Mass took place in Dublin yesterday. He will be buried at in Mount Cross Cemetery in Kinvara, Co Galway at 3pm today.