Updated: 04/04/17 : 07:23:10
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Council meeting adjourned as mark of respect to Tommy Lavin

The monthly meeting of Sligo Councty Council yesterday was adjourned as a mark of respect to the late former Cathaoirleach Tommy Lavin.

The Cathaoirleach (Chairman) of the South & West Sligo Municipal District Cllr Dara Mulvey proposed the adjournment saying.

"I wish to suspend standing orders and call for an adjournment of this meeting as a mark of respect for the late former Cllr Tommy Lavin from Ballymote.

"Firstly I wish to acknowledge the presence here today of Tommys daughter Anne, a staff member of Sligo County Council.

"Tommy Lavin served as a member of Sligo County Council for 36 years and was a well known and highly respected businessman and Councillor and member of the Ballymote community.

"Tommy was first co-opted to the council in 1963 and retained his seat until 1999.He was Cathoirleach in 1984 and in 1992.

"He played a big part in rural water schemes and the supply of the Lough Talt to Ballymote which prior to this people outside the towns had no piped water supply and  would have had to travel miles to collect water in barrels and bring them home daily.

"He was also was a very successful businessman in Ballymote from the late 1950s when he opened a draper shop with his late wife Carmel and they raised their family. John Lavin now along with his sisters still carry on this successful business today in Ballymote.

"As a Ballymote based councillor myself, I would often meet Tommy and he'd ask, "How are ye getting on in the Council these days."

"Tommy Lavin gave great service to this Council. His key attributes were his great understanding, his concern and respect for everyone. Ar dheas Dé go raibh a anam," concluded Cllr Mulvey.

The adjourned Ordinary Meeting of Sligo County Council will now be held on Monday next, 10th April.