5 June 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

A son of the late Fine Gael councillor Owen Bannigan is attempting to step into his father’s shoes and will represent Fine Gael in this weekend’s Ballybay – Clones municipal district election.

21-year-old Eugene Bannigan joins outgoing councillors Hughie McElvaney and Ciara McPhillips on the Fine Gael ticket.

The election for the Ballybay – Clones electoral area was due to go ahead on Friday, 23rd May. However, the sudden death that day of Councillor Bannigan resulted in the election being declared void and postponed until Saturday, 7th June.

Speaking to the Northern Standard Mr Bannigan said, “I am truly honoured to stand in my late father’s place. We were all stunned by Daddy’s sudden and tragic passing and overwhelmed by the support received across the entire community.”

He added that he had been a member of Fine Gael for many years and had always had a keen interest in politics.

“I am aware that my father’s shoes will be difficult to fill but I am inspired to put myself before the electorate of Ballybay-Clones and ask them …

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