Former MEP Pat The Cope Gallagher has paid a glory tribute to the late TD Jim White who passed away on Tuesday evening.
The former Fianna Fail politician said he has no doubt that the Ballyshannon-born businessman has what it took to be a Government Minister.
This is his tribute to the late Mr White.
“I have known Jim White since the 1970 By-Election and in particular since the 1981 General Election, when I was elected with both himself and Clement Coughlan. We worked as a team during that short government in the best interest of Donegal South West. I do know that he was disappointed at not being appointed Minister or Minister of State during that term.
“He would have been an outstanding Minister, as he would have brought with him, the valuable experience gained from the private sector to a government department. He was one who could not accept bureaucracy or red tape as he was a pragmatic person who took instant decisions.
“His decision not to contest the 1982 election was a great loss to the constituency however he continued to develop his business interests and created sustainable jobs in many parts of the country and in particular his native Donegal.
“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam”