THE MEMBERS of Kilkenny Borough Council have offered their condolences to the family of the late Bridget ‘Bridie’ Kavanagh – who passed away earlier this month on July 4.
Ms Kavanagh (nee O’ Brien) was mother of Cllr Marie Fitzpatrick, who is the Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council. The July meeting of Kilkenny Borough Council was adjourned on Monday, July 9 until the following day, as a mark of respect to the late Ms Kavanagh.
On Tuesday, councillors extended their sympathies to the family. Mayor Sean O’ hArgain, a Labour Party colleague of Cllr Fitzpatrick, said he had telephoned the Cathaoirleach earlier to offer condolences on behalf of the council.
“Not alone did Cllr Fitzpatrick have great pride in her mother,” he said.
“Her mother was also immensely proud of her. She was particularly proud when Marie became mayor.”
Cllr Martin Brett spoke for Fine Gael.
“On behalf of the Fine Gael group, I would like to offer sincere condolences to Marie Fitzpatrick and her whole extended family,” he said.
“Cllr Fitzpatrick’s devotion to her mother had to be seen to be believed.”
Green Party Cllr Malcolm Noonan offered condolences on behalf of himself and Cllr Kathleen Funchion (Sinn Fein), while Cllr Joe Reidy spoke for Fianna Fail.
“I would like to join fellow councillors in offering support to Marie Fitzpatrick on the death of her mother,” said Cllr Reidy.
“We all know the amount of effort and care that Cllr Fitzpatrick has given her mother over the past few years. You only have one mother, and it is always very sad when she passes on.”