Death of anti-bloodsports councillor, Seamus O’Boyle

12 Aug

Seamus O’Boyle

ICABS is sad to learn of the untimely death of People Before Profit County Councillor, Seamus O’Boyle.

Seamus died suddenly yesterday at the age of 57 after suffering a suspected heart attack while driving in Sligo town.

Compassionate Seamus was among a growing list of politicians expressing opposition to Ireland’s cruel bloodsports. In a text message to ICABS in December, he stated: “I am against foxhunting and all bloodsports.”

A vocal anti-water charges campaigner, Cllr O’Boyle was elected to the council in 2014 and served as deputy mayor on the newly established Sligo Municipal District. He also served on the board of the Model, Sligo Harbour Advisory Committee, and the Regional Health Forum West.

Paying tribute, Sligo Municipal Mayor Thomas Healy stated: “He will be sadly missed by his community where he was loved and respected.”

Sligo County Council Cathaoirleach, Rosaleen O’Grady, described him as a “committed and hardworking representative for his community”, adding that he would be “sorely missed by his family and many friends”.

In a statement, People Before Profit praised him as “a working class hero”.

“His life was a testament to everything good in the human spirit,” they said. “Seamie had it hard growing up. He was born an orphan in the 1950s and spent many nights on the streets. For some people this start in life would understandably have been too much, but Seamie came to a political conclusion – life is not fair but it can be changed with courage, honesty and human decency. Seamie had all of these qualities in bucket loads.”

“We salute a fallen friend and comrade. The fight goes on for a fairer Ireland and Seamie will be there with us every step of the way. Rest in peace comrade – our future struggles will be made in your memory.”

ICABS extends sympathy to his family and friends. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.

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