WIDESPREAD GRIEF AND HEARTFELT TRIBUTES FOLLOW SUDDEN DEATH OF FINE GAEL COUNCILLOR

30 May 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The entire political and community landscape of Co Monaghan was plunged into grief on Friday, May 23 last with the news of the sudden death of Fine Gael member of Monaghan Co Council Owen Bannigan.

C olr Bannigan took suddenly ill in Ballybay during final canvassing for the local government elections, in which he was seeking to be returned to the Co Council as a representative for the Ballybay/Clones Municipal District.

 The 51-year-old father of five is believed to have suffered a heart attack. He was pronounced dead at Cavan General Hospital having been brought there by ambulance.

 The death of Colr Bannigan meant that the election for the Ballybay/Clones Municipal District was declared void. Voting will be reheld on Saturday, June 7 with polls open from 8 am until 10 pm.
 A beef and dairy farmer from Lattycrum, Loughmourne, Castleblayney, the Fine Gael representative was first elected to Monaghan Co Council in June 1999, and was re-elected to the authority on two subsequent occasions, in 2004 and 2009.

 He served as Cathaoirleach of the Co Council from 2004 to 2005, and also held the chair of Co Monaghan Vocational Education Committee during a distinguished career in local politics which also saw him serve on the Co Development Board and the Border Midlands and West Regional Assembly.
 A force in the Macra na Feirme organisation in his youth, serving as both National Chairman and National Vice-President, he became a member of Young Fine Gael in the ..

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