‘I am very aware of the big boots I have to fill’

IT was a proud day for the McGarvey family as Councillor Pauric McGarvey was officially co-opted onto Donegal County Council to replace his uncle who was once Ireland’s oldest elected representative Cllr McGarvey took his seat during a special meeting in Lifford County House.

He replaced Ian McGarvey who retired last month after 18 years.

The co-option of the independent councillor was proposed by Cllr Kevin Bradley and seconded by Cllr Nicholas Crossan.


Speaking following his co-option, Cllr McGarvey said he was honoured and privileged to take the seat from his uncle. He added that he aimed to fulfil the role with the same dedication.

“The commitment and dedication Ian has shown to the council this past 18 years has been second to none and I hope to be as committed as he was.

“I am very aware of the big boots I have to fill.

“I am going to give it my all for the next 15 months and hopefully show the electorate I am able to fill the role before the election in 2024 and then it will be up to them to decide.”

Looking to the year ahead, Cllr McGarvey said his focus will be on supporting local community and sporting groups while as a defective block homeowner himself, he hopes to see some progress for the affected homeowners.

“One of my main priorities will be getting money into the community and sporting facilities, social hubs and groups that offer so much to our communities.

“It is vitally important the council support them because the people who use them, need these services because it affects their physical and mental health.


“It is vital the council fund these going forward.

“Also I am affected by mica myself and I feel the frustration that homeowners feel and have been feeling for years.

“It is important that something comes out of the scheme very soon and that there is light at the end of the tunnel in the coming months.

“It is time for a bit of closure for the homeowners who are suffering.”

Cllr McGarvey explained Ian first approached him about taking over the seat a number of years ago. But he believes his co-option comes at the right time as he is now ready to take on the challenge.

He said, “Ian approached me a couple of years ago and asked if I would be interested in taking his seat. He gave me plenty of time to think about it.

“When he finally came to the decision to retire, I thought it was a good time for me. I’m at a good age and I am delighted to be able to give new blood to the council.

“I am hoping to help my generation and I would love to see a lot more younger people considering politics.

“I think it is nothing to be scared of.

“I think the opportunities and the things you can bring to the table will help your generation, your children and the people who are coming after you.”

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