A Labour councillor has called for the late Tommy Higgins to be honoured by a plaque in Sligo town.
Mr Higgins, who died in April of this year at the age of 89, served for over 30 years as a member of Sligo Borough and County Council. His service in the Borough Council also saw him serve three separate terms as Mayor of Sligo. He introduced the Mayor’s Ball to the Sligo social calendar in 1971.
Mr Higgins worked as secretary of the then Irish Transport and General Workers Union (ITGWU) and he was also responsible for bringing the tradition of the St Patrick’s Day parade back to Sligo. He continued to be involved in the parade up until his death.
Labour Councillor Jim McGarry put forward a motion at the meeting of Sligo Borough Council last week calling for the local authority to recognise “the many years of service the late Cllr Higgins completed for the people of Sligo” by erecting a plaque in his honour.
The motion received the full support of the council and a sub-committee will look at the best options for erecting some structure to honour his memory.