Group leads from both Sinn Fein and the DUP have offered their condolences following the death of Ballymoney Councillor, Alderman John Finlay.
Cllr. Leanne Peacock, Sinn Fein’s group leader on Causeway Coast and Glens Council, has sent condolences on behalf of the Sinn Fein council group on the passing of Councillor John Finlay.
Cllr Peacock said, “On behalf of the Sinn Féin party group on Causeway Coast and Glens Council, I send our deepest condolences to the family of Cllr. John Finlay on his passing.”
“It is with great sadness and regret that we learned of John’s passing today.”
“During his many years in elected office John was a dedicated, hard-working, committed councillor.”
“Our thoughts are with his wife and daughters, the wider family circle and his DUP colleagues at this time.”
The DUP members of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council said they were, “deeply saddened to learn of the passing of their esteemed colleague and friend, Alderman John Finlay”.
“John was one of life’s characters. He was also a man of principle and integrity and, above all, a man of deep evangelical faith.
“He was a committed member of the Democratic Unionist Party for many years and served in a wide variety of roles. He was never afraid to speak his mind but he did so, not from petty or personal motives, but out of a determination to stand by his principles and beliefs.
“As an elected representative, John’s priorities were not Council debates or committee proceedings. While he took those duties and responsibilities seriously, his primary concern was for his constituents of all classes and creeds, and he worked tirelessly for them. He pursued a wide range of issues on their behalf and he also regularly delivered positive results through his representations on various tribunals. Even in recent months when his health was in decline, John continued to work as hard as he possibly could.
“We will miss his friendship and companionship on Council. Our party will miss him. But above all, he will be missed by his wife Linda and his daughters, and by the broader family circle. We assure them of our deepest sympathy and prayers at this very sad time.”