Tributes paid following death of former Waterford mayor

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Tributes paid following death of former Waterford mayor

Tributes paid following death of former Waterford mayor

Cllr Declan Doocey, Mayor of the City and County of Waterford and the Chief Executive of Waterford City and County Council, Michael Walsh have expressed their sadness on the death of former Mayor of Waterford City Council, Cllr Jack Walsh following a very short illness.

Waterford City and County Council expressed their condolences to Cllr Walsh’s family, particularly to his wife Vera and daughters Nina and Lynn.

Cllr Jack Walsh served for 10 years on Waterford City Council, representing the constituents of Waterford City East and was elected Mayor of Waterford City Council in 2008 just hours after his brother Cllr Tomas Breathnach was elected Chairman of Kilkenny County Council.

Cllr Walsh was involved in many facets of political and community life and proudly represented Waterford as a Director of the Port of Waterford Company, Chairman of the City of Waterford VEC, as a member of the Board of Governors of Waterford Institute of Technology and as a Director of Waterford Regional Airport.

Aside from his political and voluntary involvement Cllr Walsh worked with Waterford Area Partnership in Monitoring, Evaluation and Research, until his recent retirement. He was also hugely involved in trade union activity and is a former President of the Waterford Trades Council.

Cllr John Pratt said earlier today: “Cllr Jack Walsh was a true friend, a great colleague and a loyal member of the Labour Party family. I offer my sincere condolences to Cllr Walsh’s family, friends, constituents and Labour Party colleagues.”

"Cllr Walsh was always optimistic for the future and believed in the role of Waterford as the economic driver for the South East region. He was a committed Public Representative and had declared his intention at party level to put himself forward as Labour Party representative in the forthcoming Local Elections."