Saturday 22 July 2017

Tributes pour in as veteran Fianna Fáil councillor dies aged 81

Long-serving councillor Seán McEniff, who died yesterday Picture: Maxwells
Long-serving councillor Seán McEniff, who died yesterday Picture: Maxwells

Chai Brady

Tributes have poured in for Fianna Fáil's longest serving councillor who died in a Dublin hospital yesterday afternoon.

Seán McEniff (81) was first elected as a councillor on Donegal County Council in 1967, and had served for 50 years.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said: "This is an extremely difficult time for Seán's family and I wish to extend my sincere sympathies to them."

He added that Mr McEniff had "played an integral role" in promoting business and tourism, adding that his "expertise" saw him appointed chairman of North West Tourism in 1986 for two decades.

"Seán was our longest serving councillor, first elected to Donegal County Council in 1967 and subsequently re-elected on seven occasions, most recently in the 2014 local elections," Mr Martin said. "This is testament to the work he undertook across the community, and the respect in which he was held by the people of Bundoran."

Mr McEniff was also awarded Donegal Person of the Year in 1996, which Mr Martin says he was very proud of.

Mr McEniff is the brother of former Donegal All-Ireland football manager Brian McEniff.

He had been ill for some time.

Cllr McEniff will be waked today and tomorrow in his home in Bundoran.

His removal will be on Monday at 11.30am, and the funeral mass will be in Bundoran.

Irish Independent

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