Statement on the death of former Cllr Michael Gannon

16 April 2020

Labour Party Leader Alan Kelly has expressed his sadness on hearing of the death of former Labour Lucan Councillor Michael Gannon.

Deputy Kelly said:

“I want to extend my sympathies to the family, friends and comrades of former Labour Councillor Michael Gannon who died on Wednesday at the age of 98. In particular, my thoughts are with his wife Lucy and extended family at this difficult time.

“Michael had a proud electoral record, and served as a Labour councillor for the Lucan Electoral Area from 1960 to 1991.  He was elected in 5 elections, 1960, 1967, 1974,1979, and 1985. He managed to top the poll in 1967,1974 and 1979 and was an electoral inspiration to many Labour members including Joanna Tuffy who succeeded him as a Councillor in 1999.

“During his long term as a councillor on the old Dublin County Council, Michael was Cathaoirleach of the County Council on one occasion, and also held the office of Cathaoirleach of the General Council of County Councils. He was also a member of County Dublin VEC, served as Chairperson, and was a member of the Board of Management of several Community Colleges and Community Schools.

“Michael was steeped in the trade union movement, and was a long time ITGWU official, and at the time of his retirement was a National Group Secretary.

“Embedded in his community, Michael lived in Sarsfield Park, Lucan, was a founding member of Lucan Dramatic Society, a member of the St. Mary’s Church, Lucan, Choir and a member of Lucan Golf Club.

“Ar dheis dé go raibh a anam dilis.”

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