Published Monday, 24 December 2012
The funeral of Junior minister Shane McEntee in Nobber, Co Meath (© PA)
President Michael D. Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny joined over 2,000 mourners to hear about his life which was steeped in politics, farming and Gaelic football.
Mr Mc Entee, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture and Food, was also Fine Gael TD for Meath East.
He died by suicide on Friday, just days after his 56th birthday.
Fr Michael Sheerin, of the Church of St John the Baptist, Nobber, told the congregation that the married, father of four was "a fine, decent young man unsparing in his generosity and with his time."
He continued: "Images now familiar to us from TV screens reveal him as deeply sensitive over a huge range of issues and concerns - perhaps too sensitive and with too many concerns, as many now are surely thinking, for his own wellbeing."
The politician had recently received strong criticism on social networking sites over cuts the Irish Government made to the respite care grant and comments he had made on the divisive issue.
During the funeral Mass on Christmas Eve, the minister's brother, Gerry McEntee, condemned those who sent the TD abusive messages online.
He said that he knew of no politician who cared more about their community, and what people were going through.
"Shame on you people, you faceless cowards who sent him horrible messages on the website and on text. Shame on you," his brother said, which was met with loud applause from the congregation.
Mr McEntee was first elected to the Dail in a by-election in 2005 and retained his seat in 2007 and 2011.