Updated: 04/11/16 : 05:41:20
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Blaine Gaffney Appointed as Peace Commissioner for Sligo

A local political activist, Blaine Gaffney has been appointed to the position of a Peace Commissioner for County Sligo and the counties immediately adjoining it this week by the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Francis Fitzgerald T.D.

The Fine Gael local area representative, who resides in Sligo town, has taken up the position with immediate effect.

A Peace Commissioner is an honorary position with special powers and whose role is to primarily taking statutory declarations, witnessing signatures on documents required by various authorities, signing certificates and orders under various Acts of the Oireachtas.

A Peace Commissioner can also be called on to sign a warrant for Gardaí or a court summons and the appointment can only be made by the Minister for Justice and Equality.

There is no remuneration or financial compensation for the role.

'Extremely Honoured'

“From today, I will be available to take statutory declarations, witness signatures, sign certificates and provide other duties to local authorities and to the public in Co. Sligo” stated Mr Gaffney.

“My family and I are extremely honoured and privileged that I have received the warrant for this position and I am delighted to now be officially up and running”.  

Blaine, who graduated from Queens University Belfast with a Masters degree in Irish politics, has been working with the public in Sligo for the last 4 years. Firstly with Mairead McGuinness MEP and subsequently with local Fine Gael TD, Deputy Tony McLoughlin.

“I take the responsibilities involved with this role very seriously and I intend to to fully commit myself to the service of the people of Sligo” concluded Mr Gaffney.