Gerry McEntee criticises anonymous attacks on his late brother

Monday 24 December 2012 22.45
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Shane Mc Entee is survived by his wife, four children and his mother
Shane Mc Entee is survived by his wife, four children and his mother
Shane McEntee pictured with his family
Shane McEntee pictured with his family
Shane Mc Entee was a farmer for 15 years before he entered politics
Shane Mc Entee was a farmer for 15 years before he entered politics
Enda Kenny delivered a graveside oration
Enda Kenny delivered a graveside oration

The brother of the late Minister of State, Shane McEntee, has criticised anonymous attacks made on him following the recent Budget.

Speaking at his funeral in Co Meath, Gerry McEntee hit out at what he called "the faceless people" who sent anonymous texts and posted criticism on websites.

His comments were greeted by applause from the congregation.

Shane McEntee has been laid to rest at Nobber Cemetery in Co Meath.

Up to 3,000 people attended the funeral.

In his homily, Fr Michael Sheerin spoke about how sensitive the minister was.

Fr Sheerin also spoke about the irreparable loss to the late minister's family; his wife Kathleen, children Aoife, Helen, Sally and Vincent, as well as his mother Madge.

Among the large congregation were President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina, as well as the Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore, and most Cabinet colleagues.

Mr McEntee, a farmer from Castletown near Navan in Co Meath, was first elected to the Dáil in 2005 in the by-election caused by the appointment of John Bruton to the post of EU Ambassador in Washington.

He retained his seat in Meath East in 2007 and 2011, when he was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture and Food, with responsibility for Food, Food Safety and Horticulture.

Mr McEntee was a farmer for 15 years before becoming a full-time politician, as well as an agricultural sales representative.

He was involved in the GAA and had trained a number of football teams, including the Meath minors.

A book of condolences has been opened at the Department of Agriculture.

The Taoiseach delivered the graveside oration in which he paid tribute to his friend and colleague.

Mr Kenny said: "So mo chara mhór, may a slow wind work these words of love around you, an invisible cloak to mind your life."

"Goodbye Shane. We shall see you further on up the road."