A COUSIN of the late Clr Gerry Murray has been co-opted to Sligo County Council.
On what was described as an emotional, proud and historic day, David Cryan was unanimously elected.
In his maiden speech he said: "It's a great honour for me and my family.
"I will try to carry on Gerry's legacy to the best of my ability."
It was seconded by Clr Patsy Barry of Fianna Fail.
He was also elected to fill a number of positions held on Committees by the late Clr Murray.
Clr Cryan's parents Joe and Pauline were in the Council Chamber for the co-option.
The newest member of the Council was warmly welcomed by all Councillors.
He will, however, have a short-term, initially at least, as the local elections take place in May.
A keen angler, Clr Cryan is also a strong advocate in promoting services for the disabled and elderly.
Cathoirleach Clr Pat McGrath said: "It is certainly a very proud day for the Cryan family.
"I'm sure the Murray family must also be very, very proud to have someone so close to the late Gerry coming in."
County Manager, Ciaran Hayes, also welcomed Clr Cryan, on his own behalf and on behalf of the Council staff.