Sligo County Council elected members and staff are mourning the passing of one of the Council’s longest serving members, Councillor Margaret Gormley, who passed away Friday morning.
The late Cllr Margaret Gormley
The late Councillor Margaret Gormley
The Gormley family connection with Sligo County Council goes back to 1942, when her late father Willie was first elected to the Council. Margaret was co-opted onto the Council in 1980 and successfully contested every subsequent local election. Margaret was elected Cathaoirleach in 2004.
The Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Councillor Martin Baker said ‘It was with a heavy heart that I heard the news of Margaret’s passing. Margaret was one of the most committed and hard working people I knew, she represented the people of South Sligo with great distinction. She had vast experience which shone through in the Council Chamber, and when she spoke, we listened. She was a great champion for the under-dog or people struggling in any way. One of her many interests was in Gaelic Football, she was one of the first in the county to promote ladies football, and she supported it with great passion and enthusiasm. We won’t see the like of her again.’
Ciarán Hayes, Chief Executive of the Council, spoke of his ‘privilege’ to have known her. ‘She represented her constituents with tenacity and had a determination and drive to see rural Sligo prosper the same as the regional capital. She had a sincerity that was refreshing and a respect for people. While she has been ill for some time, her sudden passing has left a cloud over County Buildings and a welcome presence around the offices has been replaced by a void that will take some time to fill. On my own behalf and on behalf of staff, all of whom held her in high esteem, I extend my sympathies and condolences to her family. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a ainm dílís.’