SDLP councillors on Causeway Coast And Glens Borough Council have expressed their sadness of the passing of John Dallat MLA .
A spokesperson for the group said “We have been privileged to have John as our mentor and role model.
John worked tirelessly for everyone in our community and fought for justice for many .
He was a well respected politician with very strong values and will be sadly missed by each and every one of us.
Our thoughts and prayers go to our colleague Helena her mum Ann and brothers Roman and Diarmuid and the wider family circle.”
The long-standing SDLP assembly member John Dallat passed away at the age of 73 earlier today.
Mr Dallat, who had been diagnosed with cancer last year, had worked as a teacher before being elected to the assembly in 1998 to represent East Londonderry.
He grew up in Kilrea and also served for many years on Coleraine Borough Council.
A notice on funeral times read;
Peacefully at home John (MLA) beloved husband of Anne; loving father of Ronan, Helena and Diarmuid; father-in-law of Lorna, Ciaran and Megan; cherished grandfather of Caithlin, Killian, Aimee, Caden, Sophia, Harriet, George and Christian and dear brother of Eamonn, Colm, Michael and the late Tommy and Gerard.
The family deeply regret that due to the government and diocesan guidelines the House and Funeral are Strictly Private.
John’s funeral will leave from his late residence, 8 Gortmacrane Road, on Thursday at approx. 11:30am travelling via the Boveedy Road allowing friends and neighbours the opportunity to stand along the route and pay their respects whilst maintaining social distancing.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date enabling wider family circle and friends an opportunity to celebrate John’s life.
St. Pio pray for him.
Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu, if desired, to NW Cancer Centre c/o McKiernan & Sons, 45-47 Maghera St. Kilrea. BT51 5QL.