John Paul Phelan TD has led tributes to the late Andy Cotterell, Kilmacshane, Inistioge. His words in full below.
‘It was with complete shock and sadness that I learned this morning of the sudden death of my friend, neighbour, mentor and colleague former County Cllr Andy Cotterell of Inistioge. For 25 years he represented his part of Kilkenny with a unique combination of kindness, good humour and intelligence. He was involved in so many positive initiatives in his community throughout his life.
He had the great capacity to always respect the opinions of others, even if he disagreed with them, something that is now so rare in politics. He had many friends who are all so heartbroken at this news, and our hearts truly go out to his wife Margaret, daughters Mairéad, Sandra and Mary and sons John and Danny, to their partners and his beloved grandchildren and wider extended family. He was one of the really good ones. RIP old stock, till we meet again.’