Monday 26 September 2016

County councillor dies after suffering suspected heart attack in car

Greg Harkin

Published 11/08/2015 | 20:38

Councillor Seamus O’Boyle
Councillor Seamus O’Boyle

A COUNTY Councillor has died after suffering a suspected heart attack and crashing his car this evening.

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Cllr Seamus O'Boyle was elected to Sligo County Council earlier this year as an anti-water charges campaigner.

He collapsed at the steering wheel of his car in Temple Street in Sligo just after 5pm.

His vehicle crashed into a nearby house but no-one was injured. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The People Before Profit politician was heavily involved in local soccer, playing with and later managing Glenview Stars in the town.

The 57-year-old was also a dedicated supporter of Sligo Rovers.

Speaking to the Sligo Champion last year after his election, he said he was enjoying his work as councillor.

He had a passion for tackling housing issues also.

He told the paper last November:

"The problem is the local authority doesn't have the money it once had for things like house repairs - windows, doors, roofs, dampness that sort of thing. I get a lot of queries in relation to this but the money just isn't there.

"I have to say though that the staff of the local authority both indoor and those on the ground have been excellent.

"They are doing their best in very limited circumstances. I have the height of admiration for them."

He added that he also got on well with his fellow councillors.

"The co-operation with other councillors has been excellent.

"We might hold differing views but we try always to work in the best interests of Sligo,"

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