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Tributes following death of Sinn Féin Mournes councillor Séan Doran

Sinn Féin councillor Séan Doran was last night remembered as a "tireless community activist" following his death

VETERAN Sinn Féin councillor Séan Doran was last night remembered as a "tireless community activist" following his death.

South Down MP Chris Hazzard said he was heartbroken by the death yesterday of his "friend and comrade" whom he described as "a lifelong republican activist".

"He loved his mum, his boys, his country - and the people of Mourne loved him," he wrote on Twitter

Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill also paid tribute to her colleague whom she said "worked tirelessly on behalf of the people of the Mournes for many years".

Mr Doran, who was married with two children, served as a Sinn Féin councillor for over a decade in the former Newry and Mourne District Council before it amalgamated into Newry, Mourne and Down in 2015.

His local party described him as a “tireless community activist” whose “door was always open”.

An online book of condolence was opened by the council until December 6 to allow residents to pay tributes.

Sinn Féin councillor Séan Doran and South Down MP Chris Hazzard. Picture from Chris Hazzard/Twitter

Sinn Féin councillor Cathy Mason said she was "profoundly sorry" at the news and offered his family her condolences.

"He will be a great loss to the cuncil and his constituents, for which he always went the extra mile. His work ethic and integrity were inspiring, and he will be remembered for the contribution he made to this place."

"During his time as councillor, he worked tirelessly to ensure the delivery of many important campaigns and projects for his constituents, including numerous community centres, sports facilities and playing fields.

"His passing is mourned throughout the area where he will long be remembered."

The online book of condolence can be found at: https://www.newrymournedown.org/book-of-condolence-for-sean-doran

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