Donegal woman steps down after keeping tea on the brew at Westminster for 30 years

Noeleen Delaney.
Noeleen Delaney.

Londonderry MP Mark Durkan has paid tribute to Donegal woman, Noeleen Delaney, who made sure the likes of John Hume, Willie Ross and Gregory Campbell, were never short of a cup of tea in between debates at Westminster over the past three decades.

The Glenties woman has retired after 30 years in the Members’ tea room.

Mr Durkan said: “May I also join in the tributes to Noeleen Delaney who, like all the staff in the House, serves us with dedication and discretion.

“She is ready with consideration and chat, but - typical of Donegal decency - never gossip.”

Leader of the House, David Lidington said members wanted “to say a big thank you to Noeleen Delaney, one of the stalwarts of the tea room staff, who is retiring from the House of Commons after 30 years of service here. That is a record of service for which we are all very grateful.”