Former Limerick Co Council Cathaoirleach dies of motor neurone disease
Last Thursday 60 people took the ice bucket challenge at the former councillor’s home
A former Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council Mary Harty has died. Cllr Harty who was in her fifties had been suffering with motor neuron disease. Photograph: Facebook/Mary Harty
Cllr Harty, who was in her 50s had been suffering with motor neurone disease.
She was diagnosed with the incurable disease in October 2012 while she was still Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council.
She became only the third woman to be elected as Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council in 2011.
Kevin Sheahan, Cathaoirleach of Limerick City and County Council, said Ms Harty, who was elected three times to council, was a huge loss to her parish of Pallasgreen.
“Sadly, we lost Mary far too young. It is so poignant that she lost her battle against motor neuron disease this week when there’s a huge campaign underway raise awareness of this terrible disease,” he said.
“Mary was such a warm and engaging person, a wonderful politician who bore her illness with great bravery, calmness and dignity.
“Despite her illness, Mary still turned up to all council meetings right to the very end.”
Arrangements for her funeral are being made.