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89-year-old Donegal man becomes Ireland's oldest councillor after election win

Ian McGarvey, who will turn 89 in July, fought a close battle to keep his seat

88-year old Ian McGarvey celebrates following his election today.
88-year old Ian McGarvey celebrates following his election today.
Image: Donegal Daily

IRELAND’S OLDEST COUNCILLOR, 89-year-old Ian McGarvey, retained his council seat today in Donegal.

McGarvey, an independent candidate, won the final seat in the three-seater Milford ward after five counts

A member of Donegal County Council since 2004, McGarvey is also a former mayor and ran for the 2016 general election

 

Speaking to the Donegal Daily, he said: “You are basing your campaign on the amount of work you’ve done for people in the past. It was always been a pleasure to assist people in difficulty.

“Age should not be a barrier to people and I had to prove that to myself. I want to contribute as long as I’m able to. If I retired, what would I do?

“I would have been away dancing if this wasn’t on,” he added. 

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McGarvey became the Mayor of Donegal at the age of 82 and was last year elected Mayor of Letterkenny

Today’s election was a close call for McGarvey – at one stage, there were only six votes between him and closest competitor Eimer Friel of Fine Gael.

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