With feelings of deep regret we announce the death of Mr PA Meehan, MP for the Leix Division of the Queen’s County, which occurred after a long illness of several months.
Bronchial attacks were succeeded by a heart affectation, which for some weeks past had caused great anxiety, and for some days previous to his death it became painfully evident that the end could not much longer be averted.
All that medical skill, or assiduous care and attention could suggest for the relief of deceased has been accomplished by his devoted family and friends; but when certain stages are reached all human aid is unavailing, and he passed away painlessly on Saturday evening last.
Mr Meehan’s life has been truly a strenuous one; whether as a young man seeking to better his fortune, as a politician serving the Party to which he belonged, or as a friend helping those less fortunate in their career, he never spared any exertion to collect the object in view.
It cannot be said of him that any undue influence or aid has assisted him to the position he attained as a leader of men in the Queen’s County; by individual exertion and assiduous application to every matter in which he took an interest, he acquired a grasp of all the facts and obtained an influence which compelled the respect of those with whom he was associated.
Coupled with these commanding attributes was a high sense of humour, straightforwardness and impartiality. In no way was this more evident that when acting in the capacity of chairman of public bodies.
In 1906, he was selected to represent the Divison of Leix for the Irish Party on the retirement of the late Mr W A McDonald, and the same energy which characterised him in the smaller affairs he bore with him in parliament.