Councillor John Bailey
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has been notified of the sad passing of Councillor John Bailey today, Tuesday 9 July. Councillor Bailey was one of the Council’s longest serving elected members, having been elected to serve originally 15 years ago, topping the poll in Dún Laoghaire in 2004. He served on three Councils following his re-election in the May Local Elections this year. Councillor Bailey also served with distinction as Cathaoirleach of the Council from 2011 - 2012.
Councillor Bailey was born and reared in Dalkey and was deeply connected with the people of the area, with family links going back generations. He played an active role in business and commerce in the local area for many years as an owner of a number of business interests. A longtime member of the Cuala GAA club, Councillor Bailey was deeply involved in Dublin GAA, serving ten years as Chairman of the Dublin GAA County Board. During his tenure he promoted significant investment in promoting juvenile participation in sport.
The Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Councillor Shay Brennan said ‘It was with sadness that I heard the news of Johns passing. He was one of the most committed and hard working people to represent the citizens of Dún Laoghaire and he did so with great distinction. He had vast experience which shone through in the Council Chamber. One of his many interests was in Gaelic games where he was integrally involved in the Dublin GAA setup and he supported it with great passion and enthusiasm.’
Philomena Poole, Chief Executive of the Council, remembering Councillor Bailey said. ‘John Bailey represented his constituents with tenacity and had a determination and drive to see Dún Laoghaire prosper. While he has been ill in recent weeks, his sudden passing sees Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council lose one its most dedicated, effective and impassioned Councillors. On my own behalf and on behalf of Council staff, all of whom held him in high esteem, I extend my sympathies and condolences to Johns family and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a ainm dílís.’