I wish to pay heartfelt tribute to the life and work of Mervyn Taylor. I extend deep sympathy to his wife Marlilyn at this time of immense loss.

As a solicitor he gave really valuable service to thousands of clients, always in his characteristic sympathetic and reasoned way.

He will also be missed by his former constituents  in Dublin South West whose interests he served with similar dedication.

He gave outstanding service as Minister for Equality and Law Reform in the Rainbow government that came to office in 1994.

 He was a pleasure to work with as a Cabinet colleague.  We worked together on the Divorce Referendum. He was dedicated and committed to his goals but had a great ability to work together across party lines.

I was surprised when he retired from politics in 1997. I believe he enjoyed his retirement and it was my pleasure to meet him from time to time.

He will be missed.