Tributes are paid to former councillor

by Staff Reporter

Members of the Dublin 15 community have expressed their sympathies following the death of former councillor and community activist Gerry Lynam.
Gerry died on February 15 at Our Lady’s Hospice in Harold’s Cross. He is survived by his wife Anne, and children Karl, Sarah, Brian and Emma.
He served as a Fingal county councillor in the Mulhuddart ward between 1999 and 2004 and represented a number of local organisations including Blanchardstown Area Partnership, Networking Dublin 15 and Greater Blanchardstown Response to Drugs. He was also involved in the running of Dublin 15’s local radio station, Phoenix FM.
Outreach and Training coordinator at Phoenix FM, Susan King, worked with Gerry on his radio programme, Down Your Street. Susan said his programme was about “giving a voice to his community and helping community groups get their messages out there”.
“Gerry was the kindest person I ever met. I’ve seen him help people in desperate situations and no one but that person would know,” she said.
Stephen Peppard of Fingal County Council Corporate Affairs Department said: “Gerry was a very effective councillor who represented his constituency very well during his time. We worked together on many projects over the five years and, since he lost his seat, he continued to remain quite active in the community.
“He was a founding member of the Harmony Cup football tournament. It started off as a north/south community football tournament and has since transformed itself into the Fingal Festival of Football, he was very much a part of that event and it will be a different tournament this year without him,” he added.
Dublin West TD Patrick Nulty (Lab) expressed his condolences to Gerry’s family: “Gerry was from a well-known and respected Clonsilla family and he will be sadly missed by many people.
“I knew Gerry well since I was a child and enjoyed many conversations with him.
“Throughout his life he was dedicated to community activism and in particular to encouraging and supporting young people to play their part in community life within Dublin 15,” Deputy Nulty added.
Mulhuddart councillor Kieran Dennison (FG) said: “I got to know him first when we were both active in the Dublin 15 Community Council. I know he was warmly regarded by officials and councillors alike. He was always committed to developing the local community and the area will be poorer with his passing,” he added.

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