Former Labour TD and senior ITGWU official Frank Prendergast, was buried today (Monday, 23rd February) in his native Limerick. The 81-year-old, who has twice served as Mayor of Limerick, died following a battle with cancer last Thursday (17th February). In his funeral oration, SIPTU General Secretary, Joe Flynn, described Frank as a man who “gave so much of his life pursuing the values of social solidarity in the union in politics, in education, in society and in the community.” He also spoke of Frank’s “love of his native language” and his fondest of engaging “in his mother tongue whenever the opportunity arose.” O’Flynn added: “I will remember Frank with fondness because, above all else, he was a thorough gentlemen who was always kind and considerate, supportive and helpful, a great man in so many ways, justifiably held in great esteem by all who knew him.”