Inishowen’s county councillors have adjourned their monthly meeting as a mark of respect following the tragic death of their fellow Donegal County Councillor’s daughter.
19-year-old Kym Harley was killed in a road traffic collision at Dreenan, Ballybofey in the early hours of this morning, (Tuesday, October 14th.)
Her father is well-known Ballybofey Fine Gael County Councillor Martin Harley.
At today’s Inishowen Municipal District meeting in Carndonagh, Cathaoirleach Nicholas Crossan opened the meeting and proposed it be adjourned in an expression of sympathy with Councillor Harley and his family. The proposal was seconded by Councillor Rena Donaghey.
Inishowen’s County Councillors offered their condolences to the Harley family and expressed their shock and sadness at what they described as a “family’s worst nightmare.”
Speaking on behalf of Sinn Fein, Councillor Albert Doherty sympathised with Colr. Harley, his wife Denise and the wider family circle and said communities in Inishowen and Donegal had mourned “tragic” deaths “all too commonly” over the years.
Labour Councillor Martin Farren said his thoughts were with the young woman’s family members and described Councillor Harley as a “gentleman.”
He noted how “getting that knock on the door or getting that phonecall must be awful.”
Fianna Fail Councillor Rena Donaghey said she had a family member the same age as the young woman.
“It’s shocking to think you can rear a child to that age and then this can happen,” she said.
She also expressed sympathy to the young woman’s boyfriend, her wider family circle and “anyone affected.”
She said she hoped he and her family members would “get the support they need.”
Speaking on behalf of Fine Gael, Councillor Ryan described Councillor Harley, his party colleague, as a “personal friend” and a “gentleman.”
He added: “The loss of a beautiful daughter is something none of us could ever imagine.”
Fianna Fail Councillor Martin McDermott also offered his condolences, stating there were “too many tragedies on our roads.”
Councillor Paul Canning said he knew Kym personally, describing her as a “lovely girl.”
Colr. Canning also conveyed the sympathies on behalf of former Fine Gael County Councillor “Black” Mickey Doherty.
Councillor Crossan said he had just got to know Councillor Harley in the past few weeks and said his fellow councillors would give “any support they can.”
Inishowen Municipal District Director John McLaughlin also expressed his sympathies on behalf of Donegal County Council staff.
He said: “I work in road safety and this is your absolute worst nightmare. Life is changed forever and our hearts go out to them all at this time.”