1 December 2014 Edition
Acclaim for Cavan’s Charlie Boylan
“I very much welcome that Charlie Boylan will be continuing to give service to our cause. We could not afford to lose his knowledge, skills and wise counsel,” – Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin
LONG-SERVING Cavan County Councillor Charlie Boylan was the recipient of high praise and good wishes at a packed function in Donohoe’s of Ballyhaise on 11 October.
Charlie was first elected to the county authority in 1974. With the reconfiguration of the County Cavan electoral boundaries prior to the May local elections, Charlie lost out, while assisting his party running mate, Paddy McDonald, across the line.
The function’s official proceedings were chaired by former Cavan County Councillor Pauline McCauley.
Fermanagh Assembly member Seán Lynch paid tribute to Charlie’s long service and commitment and the positive influence that he has had not only across his native Cavan but also in Fermanagh, Monaghan, Leitrim and Longford and further afield.
“That influence is continuing as Charlie remains a committed republican and is to this day giving service to the building of Sinn Féin across these counties,” said Seán Lynch.
Dáil Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin recalled that Charlie was the election agent for H-Blocks Hunger Striker TD Kieran Doherty during a period when they forged an enduring friendship.
“I very much welcome that Charlie Boylan will be continuing to give service to our cause. We could not afford to lose his knowledge, skills and wise counsel,” Caoimhghín said.
A presentation was made to Charlie by Brian McKeown, former Cavan Town Council member, on behalf of Sinn Féin throughout the county to applause from a packed audience that included newly-elected MEP Matt Carthy, Cavan Senator Kathryn Reilly, Sinn Féin county councillors from Cavan and Monaghan, and representatives from the newly-established Fermanagh/Omagh District Council, among others from across the public spectrum.