Tribute to former Council chairman

January 4, 2016

The current Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Ms Naomi Bailie, has paid tribute to Mr Paddy O’Hagan, a former Clerk of Newry and Mourne District Council, who passed away on 17th December.

“It was with deep regret that I learned of the death of Mr Paddy O’Hagan.  Mr O’Hagan served as Clerk of Newry and Mourne District Council from 1973 to 1988 and prior to that he was Clerk of Newry Number 1 and 2 Rural District Councils.

“Mr O’Hagan was a dedicated public servant who made a very real difference.  He worked tirelessly to ensure the delivery of many of the most important facilities and amenities in the district, including Kilbroney Park, the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, Newry Railway Station, Crossmaglen Square and numerous Community Centres, sports facilities and playing fields.  These will remain as a fitting legacy to him and his hard work.

“Mr O’Hagan was a visionary with outstanding negotiating skills.  He had a particular interest in Travellers, championing the provision of services for them in Newry.  His passing is mourned throughout the area where he will long be remembered.  I extend my heartfelt sympathy to his family on their very great loss.”