Saturday 17 August 2019

Ex-Dublin GAA chair and FG councillor Bailey dies

John Bailey had continued to be active in politics. Picture: Sportsfile
John Bailey had continued to be active in politics. Picture: Sportsfile
Hugh O'Connell

Hugh O'Connell

Former chairman of Dublin GAA and Fine Gael councillor for Dún Laoghaire John Bailey has passed away.

Mr Bailey, who was in his 70s, had been battling illness in recent months but continued to be active in politics.

He was re-elected to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in the local elections just six weeks ago.

He was a member of the local authority for the past 15 years having been first elected in 2004 on the same day that his daughter Maria Bailey, now a Fine Gael TD for Dún Laoghaire, was also elected to the county council.

Mr Bailey had a diverse career in the private sector prior to entering politics and was also heavily involved in Dublin GAA. A former publican and registered Irish racehorse trainer, he was a former managing director of Brendan Tours Limited and Budget Rent-A-Car.

Mr Bailey was a long-time member of Cuala GAA Club in Dalkey and served as chairman of the Dublin GAA county board for a decade.

He initiated the building of Parnell Park and helped to secure significant investment in promoting juvenile participation in the sport.

He twice ran unsuccessfully for the Dáil in the Dún Laoghaire constituency in the 2002 and 2007 general elections. He also ran unsuccessfully for the Seanad in 2002 and 2007. However, he was re-elected to the council in every local election dating back to 2004 including in 2009 and 2014 and most-recently the 2019 local elections.

He was described during the most recent election campaign as "an amazing man and a great councillor" by Tánaiste Simon Coveney, whom Mr Bailey supported during the Fine Gael leadership campaign two years ago.

Mr Bailey lived in Killiney with his family.

He is survived by his wife Angela and their five daughters.

Irish Independent

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