Tuesday 23 April 2019

Always honest and direct with upgrading of N17 her leading concern

Former Sinn Fein councillor, Sean MacManus described the late Cllr Gormley as of the most dedicated and tenacious public representatives he had ever met.

He said she was honest and direct and would be a great loss to her family, friends and people of South Sligo whom she had fought for 40 years.

Councillor Sinead Maguire described the late Cllr Gormley as being more than a colleague.

"She was a trailblazer, a mentor and an example to all aspiring politicians in County Sligo, male and female," she said.

Cllr Keith Henry said Cllr Gormley was born and lived just two and a half miles from his own

"Margaret was a warrior in every sense and fought hard for the people of the county and it was a pleasure to serve with her as one of two councillors from the parish of Bunninadden.

"I don't think we ever shared a cross word in the Council chamber and she always had the interests of the community at heart.

"The N17 route was always top of her agenda and right up to her last meeting it still was there to the forefront of her mind," he said. Cllr Gino O'Boyle said Cllr Gormley was a tireless worker who always put her community first.

Cllr Marie Casserly said Cllr Gormley had an unyielding commitment and dedication to the betterment of the county and South Sligo in particular.

"She was such a wise Councillor and so loyal and supportive.Over the past five years I experienced first hand not only her devotion to the people of South Sligo, but also the respect that she had earned over decades of public service from her peers on all sides of the political divide and from all staff of Sligo County Council.

"I was also fortunate enough to have experienced her fantastic quick wit, memory, humour and oratory skills, never personal or insulting and always respectful to fellow Councillors and Council staff.

"I am proud to have known her, to have served with her and to have sat beside her in the Chamber for the past five years. She was the best role model any Councillor could have. She will be sorely missed."

Cllr Paul Taylor said Sligo had a lost a true champion. "Margaret was a hard working inspirational lady who dedicated her life to working for the people of South Sligo. It was an honour to have served along with Margaret on Sligo County Council. She was a great help, support, mentor & friend to me over the past 5 years.

"South Sligo owes Margaret a great deal of gratitude for all her work over the past 40 yrs . What a legacy she has left for the people and the communities she worked for."

Sligo Champion