Nephew of late Sligo councillor Margaret Gormley to contest local elections

Willie Gormley says he hopes to continue the work of his late aunt Margaret, who was a member of Sligo County Council for almost 40 years.

There had been much quiet speculation as to who might seek to succeed the late veteran Sligo county councillor Margaret Gormley since her recent death.

This morning, her nephew, Willie Gormley, confirmed to Ocean FM News that he will be a candidate in the coming local elections, running in the Ballymote/Tubbercurry/West Sligo area, hoping to continue a family tradition extending back to 1942.

The Gormleys, from Bunninadden, are well known from their involvement in politics and the GAA.

Margaret Gormley’s father was first elected to Sligo County Council 77 years ago.

She was co-opted onto the council in 1980 and remained a consistent poll-topper.

Willie Gormley is a computer software support manager, working remotely for a Dublin company.

He has been involved in implementing IT software projects in Ireland, the UK and Canada.

He spoke to Ocean FM’s Harry Keaney: