John Bailey, Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire councillor, dies at 74

by Gary Ibbotson

John Bailey, the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown county councillor and former interim manager of Dublin’s senior hurling team, has died at 74.

It is understood that Bailey passed away over Monday night following a recent illness. Bailey was diagnosed with motor neuron disease.

Having been elected to the county council in 2004, Bailey retained his seat at every election since.

In the 2019 local elections, he returned a seat with 1,504 first preference votes in the Dun Laoghaire electoral area.

He also ran for the Dail in the 2002 and 2007 general elections but did not win a seat.

Bailey was born and raised on Hyde Road in Dalkey but resided in Killiney with his wife Angela.

He previously owned The Arches pub in Dalkey but sold it in 1999 and subsequently worked as a horse trainer.

He was also the former managing director of Brendan Tours Ltd and Budget Rent-A-Car.

He was heavily involved in Dublin GAA and served as the chairman of the Dublin County Board for 10 years.

He refereed an All-Ireland senior hurling final in the 1980s and also played a large role in the redevelopment of Parnell Park.

He is survived by his wife and five children, Suzanne, Elaine, Maria, Joanna and Allison and their families.

His daughter Maria Bailey successfully contested the 2016 general election and is a Fine Gael TD for Dun Laoghaire.

She had also served on Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council since 2004, when she was elected the in Ballybrack ward.

In a statement, Young Fine Gael said: “It is with deep sadness that we learn of the death of Cllr John Bailey, former Cathaoirleach of Dun Laoghaire County Council.

“We offer our condolences to John’s family at this sad time. May he rest in peace.”

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