Tributes pour in as Deputy Willie Penrose steps down after 25 years

Willie Penrose TD, Brendan Howlin TD and Alan Mangan pictured at the Labour Convention at the Park Hotel last Thursday, 5 July.

It truly is the end of an era. Last week, Deputy Willie Penrose announced that he would be stepping down as TD for the Longford-Westmeath constituency, to the great shock of all supporters of the long-standing and well liked politician.

It was announced that Westmeath GAA star Alan ‘Budda’ Mangan would stand as the Labour candidate for the next general election.