Mr Ferry had served on Donegal County Council for eight years from 1991 to 1999 and on Buncrana Town Council for over ten years from 1991 to 2002, serving as Chairman of Buncrana Town Council from 1997 to 1998.
Deputy Mac Lochlainn said: “Jim Ferry was a highly respected republican who had dedicated decades of his life to the service of the people of Donegal and Derry. From enduring a hunger strike for 47 days in the Curragh to becoming Chairman of his local town council, he carried his republican responsibilities with decency and dignity.
“He will always be fondly remembered for his courage at the time of the assassination of his close friend, Cllr Eddie Fullerton and the way that he accepted the responsibility of taking Eddie’s town council seat and successfully winning back Eddie’s county council seat in June 1991”.
“On behalf of Sinn Féin and republicans across the North West of Ireland and beyond, I convey our deepest sympathy to his partner Jeanie, son, Noel and extended family. Go ndeanfaidh trocaire uirthi.”
JIM FERRY, RIP
The death has taken place in Letterkenny General Hospital of Jim Ferry former Sinn Fein Councillor, 4 Tobh Na Strutain, Buncrana. Removal from Chapel of Rest Letterkenny Hospital today at 6pm going to his late residence. Funeral from there on Tuesday at 10am going to the St Mary’s Church Cockhill for Requiem Mass at 11am. Interment afterwards in the adjoining Cemetery. Family flowers only Donations in lieu if desired to the Donegal Hospice c/o McKinney Funeral Directors Buncrana.