Former Roscommon Councillor Kitty Duignan described as ‘compassionate and well-liked’

Tributes have been paid today to former Roscommon Councillor Kitty Duignan who has passed away at the age of 90.

Ms Duginan, who was in her nineties, is being credited with expanding social housing in the county outside of the main towns and into more rural villages.

A native of Frenchpark, Kitty Dugnian became a county councillor in 1990 following the death of her husband Charlie, who was also a councillor, in October of 1990.

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She was elected in her own right, topping the poll, in the Boyle area in the 1991 Local Elections, and re-elected in 1999 and assumed the role of Mayor for 2001 to 2002.

Speaking on Let’s Talk today, her Fine Gael colleague John Connor says she worked very diligently for her constituents but she had particular interest in the expansion of social housing.

Senator Frank Feighan has paid tribute to Ms Duginan today, stating that Kitty was an extremely hard-working councillor, compassionate and very well liked by all who knew her and by colleagues from all parties.

Senator Maura Hopkins adds that Kitty was a very genuine person, whose sole focus was to get on with her work and help others. She says she was always keen to encourage young people to have an interest in current affairs,

The Frenchpark native was in good health and passed away peacefully at her home in Rathallen overnight.

She is survived by her sister, Pexie, brother Eddie, son in law Paul and grandsons Cathal and James.