Laois County Councillors paid tribute to their late colleague, Cllr Pat Bowe, before adjourning their monthly meeting in his honour.
Cathaoirleach Paul Mitchell led the tributes saying that it was with great sadness and a heavy heart that he attended the meeting.
“Cllr Bowe was a quiet man, he wouldn’t say much but then he would get passionate about something. He worked hard for his area and was proud to be chairman on the Town Council,” he said.
Cllr John King and Cllr Bowe were among the six first time county councillors elected with him at the last local elections..
“He would have been a silent worker, but he was passionate about education and grants,” he said, extending sympathy on behalf of the Fine Gael group.
Rosenallis Councillor Seamus McDonald, said he had been close friends with Cllr Bowe even before they were elected.He described the late councillor as a deeicated, hardworker.
While Cllr Paddy Bracken recalled serving on Mountmellick Town Council with Cllr Bowe since 1987.
“He was a loyal colleague, there was always a great co-operation in areas relating to Mountmellick Town Council. He will be sadly missed as he worked hard and tirelessly for Mountmellick,” he said.
“He was not involved in politics for personal gain. He was a frugal man and lived a modest existence for the people of Mountmellick,” said Cllr Alan Hand.
While Cllr David Goodwin said he was a good councillor
County Manager, Peter Carey joined with the members in expressing his sympathing on the sudden passing of Cllr Bowe in Clare last month.
“It’s a sad occassion, we’re all shocked. He was a hardworker on the ground, and had a lot of expertise in Social Welfare.
“He was very proud of his seat on Mountmellick Town Council and his work as part of the Town Council. He was hugely proud to be elected to Cathaoirleach, and it was nice that he was the sitting Cathaoirleach at the time of this death..”
Mr Carey said Cllr Bowe was hugley positive and supported anything that was for the betterment of Laois.
“We had our disagreements, we didn’t always see eye to eye, but there was never any animosity and he was always courteous to the staff here in the council,” he added.
The Manager said Cllr Bowe’s a a plaque in county hall, as had been the tradition for other councillors who had passed away in recent years.