first_imgThe Fianna Fail party whip in Donegal, Cllr Ciaran Brogan, has led tributes to the late Bernard McGlinchey.The political giant, who spent 50 years in local and national politics, passed away at his home in Blue Banks, Kilmacrennan last night aged 80 years.Cllr Brogan said he doubts if Donegal or Ireland will see the likes of Bernard McGlinchey again. “He was perhaps a one-off and I doubt if Donegal or Ireland will see the calibre of politician again.“Everyone in Fianna Fail and beyond is saddened by the passing of Bernard because he touched so many people during his 50 years in politics.“He did so much for the development of Donegal and its people that it will be almost impossible to measure.“I think the people of Donegal will remember Bernard McGlinchey for all the positive things he did for the county and for the passion and compassion he had for people,” he said. But it wasn’t just his own Fianna Fail party members who paid tribute to the former Senator.Current Labour Party Senator Jimmy Harte said Mr McGlinchey was a huge help to him when he first entered politics.“I would like to pay my sympathies to the the Mc Glinchey family on the death of Bernard.” I served on Letterkenny Town Council and Donegal County Council with Bernard and like him I am serving in Seanad Eireann. He was an immense figure in Letterkenny and was foremost a Letterkenny man and a Fianna Fáil man second.“I must say that as a young Councillor on Letterkenny Town Council he was helpful and a source of knowledge on local affairs. “Whilst we did not always agree politically we were at one when it came to progressing the development of Letterkenny.“He was a formidable politican on Donegal County Council and had a encyclopaedic knowledge of the workings in the council.“I always had an admiration for Bernard as he was a successful businessman and a tough political animal.He will be missed by Kathleen and his family. May He Rest In Peace,” said Senator Harte. Another local councillor who often crossed swords with Mr McGlinchey during his time on Letterkenny Urban District Council was former Independent Councillor PJ Blake.Again he said they didn’t always agree but never fell out for long.“He had his own ideas and always had conviction which he followed through on. That’s what made him a great politician.“Of course we fell out but we always had the good of Letterkenny at heart and that’s what he will be remembered for – all the good things he did and was involved in” he said.Dr James McDaid said he cannot begin to pay tribute to the huge contribution made by Mr McGlinchey to Donegal life.“He was the most influential person along with Noel McGinley to get me into politics.“I was on duty at Nowdoc and happened to be on when he died. I met the family and I would like to express my sympathy to them.“He was an icon in Donegal politics and was here long before I was here.“You didn’t want to be opposite sides. We did have a bit of a split but I always maintain that politics is not worth losing friends over.“He was very generous to me and to neighbours and a lot of people didn’t see that side of him.“I would call out to see him and he was getting weaker and the handshake was weaker but I was still surprised when he passed away,” he said.Pat The Cope Gallagher, MEP, said he had known the late Bernard McGlinchey for a long time – even before politics.He said everyone turned to Bernard McGlinchey for advice.“His word was his bond and that is the one thing I will remember about Bernard McGlinchey.“I think he will be best-remmebered to the contribution he made to the health service. He was totally opposed to the centralisation of the health service and I think he has now been proven right,” he said.Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal North East, Charlie McConalogue, also paid tribute.“Bernard McGlinchey was a politician and a man of exceptional talents who left a very real legacy to his county, and the town of Letterkenny in particular, through his long and productive career in politics.“He was regarded with the utmost respect both nationally and locally for his ability and capacity as a politician. Bernard’s career in politics finished before my election to Donegal County Council in 2009 but I have always been struck by the reverence and admiration those who worked closely with him had for his ability and achievements.“Many positive developments in Donegal would not have happened without him, not least the development of Letterkenny General Hospital.“Bernard achieved in anything he turned his hand to and was a central figure in business life in Letterkenny and County Donegal throughout his life.“On behalf of Fianna Fáil Party members and myself, I extend our sympathy to his family, partner Kathleen and close friends at this difficult time.“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”TRIBUTES FLOW IN FOR LATE POLITICAL GIANT BERNARD MCGLINCHEY was last modified: April 12th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Bernard McGlincheydeathlast_img

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