Inishowen county councillors held a minute’s silence on Tuesday as a mark of respect to former Inishowen County Councillor Denis McGonagle.
Mr. McGonagle, a former Fianna Fail councillor for Inishowen, passed away on February 9th at the age of 77.
At their Inishowen Municipal District meeting, all of the councillors offered their condolences to Mr. McGonagle’s wife, Mary Jo and his extended family.
Colr. Rena Donaghey said she Mr. McGonagle was a “lifetime member of Fianna Fail” and worked very hard for Carndonagh and Inishowen.
Colr. Bernard McGuinness expressed his condolences on behalf of the Fine Gael party and said Mr McGonagle had served Inishowen “very, very well.”
He said he was a “true gentleman” who was “passionate about Inishowen,” adding the large turnout at his wake and funeral “reflected the esteem in which he was held.”
Councillor Martin Farren expressed his condolences on behalf of the Labour party, stating that even though he was of a different party, “that didn’t matter to Denis.”
“He was one of nature’s gentlemen - a lovely person,” he said.
Colr. Albert Doherty expressed condolences on behalf of Sinn Fein. He noted how he stood as a political opponent to the former councillor in 1985, 95, 99 and 2004, stating: “when you tot that up it’s 3-1 to Denis.” He said this was a reflection of “how he was held in Carn and Clonmany.”
Colr. Nicholas Crossan said Mr. McGonagle “loved meeting people” and was “probably at a Council meeting in Heaven.”