There was a vote of sympathy at Monday’s special meeting of Laois County Council for retired Town Commissioner, Tom Colgan, who passed away last weekend.
Mr Colgan served for approximately 20 years on Portlaoise Town Commission. He was also elected President of the Association of Municipal Authorities of Ireland during his time on the Town Commission.
Mr Colgan was originally from Ballycumber in County Offaly, but was living in Beladd in Portlaoise.
He worked as a psychiatric nurse in St Fintan’s Hospital, Portlaoise and was also an active trade unionist.
“It was a pleasure and an honour to serve alongside Tom on Portlaoise Town Commission,” Fianna Fail county councillor, Jerry Lodge said.
“He was a man of great integrity and good company.”
“It is a sad day for the Fianna Fail party and for whole community of Portlaoise,” Cllr Lodge added.
Mr Colgan’s remains reposed at his home in Beladd from yestserday evening (Monday). Removal this evening (Tuesday) at 6.15pm to SS Peter and Pauls Church arriving at 7pm. Requiem Mass on Wednesday at 12noon. Burial afterwards in the local cemetery.
Mr Colgan was remembered at Monday’s adjourned meeting along with Cllr Ben Brennan’s brother and the father of director of services, Kieran Kehoe.