“I am deeply sorry to hear of the death of John Dallat. I have known John for a long time as a fearless elected representative, well before he and I both were elected to the Assembly in 1998.
“The fact that he returned to the Assembly in 2017, after standing down in 2016, was a sign of how committed John was to the Assembly. Despite his illness, John continued to be in the Chamber up until recent times and that demonstrated his dedication to speak up on behalf of his constituents.
“John’s determination, passion and his sense of humour were evident through all his roles in the Assembly, including as a Deputy Speaker and a longstanding Member of the Public Accounts Committee. Our thoughts today are with John’s wife Anne, his children Helena, Ronan, Diarmuid and his grandchildren.
“I will be making arrangements for the formal expression of condolences to John at next week’s sitting of the Assembly.”