The Donegal County Council chamber in Lifford fell silent this morning to honour the late Dessie Larkin, who passed away a week ago today.
Tributes were paid to the former councillor, council staff member and proud Letterkenny man, before a minute’s silence was held in his memory.
Councillors expressed their deepest sympathies to the family of Mr Larkin, who died suddenly on Monday 18th March at the age of 48. Mr Larkin served as a councillor from 1999 – 2014.
Mr Larkin’s many years of service to the council and local authority were celebrated, while members shared fondly remembered stories about his work, character and iconic traits.
Cathaoirleach Seamus Ó Domhnaill led the tributes and highlighted Mr Larkin’s dedication to council and local committees.
“He left quite a legacy behind him and anybody who served with him knew the wide knowledge base Dessie had. He was a source of great knowledge to all members of all political persuasions,” Cllr Ó Domhnaill said.
Cllr Ciaran Brogan, on behalf of the Fianna Fáil party, said that Mr Larkin would undoubtedly be remembered as a person who made an impact in his political life.
“Unfortunately he was taken from us so suddenly, but there were many things the late Cllr Larkin has left his mark on,” Cllr Brogan said.
“He made no apology that he was for Letterkenny and its people,” he added.
Among the cross-party tributes was Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh, who recalled Mr Larkin’s many contributions to council proceedings and his admirable habit for standing up at meetings to make his point.
Letterkenny Mayor Ian McGarvey added: “If it wasn’t for the efforts of people like Dessie Larkin over the years, Letterkenny wouldn’t be what it is today.”
The council was adjourned for two hours as a mark of respect for the family of Mr Larkin and for Cllr Martin Harley on the passing of his mother in law.