Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has extended his condolences to the family of former Sinn Féin Councillor Harry Todd who died today in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda. Teachta Adams, who visited Harry in hospital just before Christmas, described him as a “unique and exceptional Dundalk man who proudly served as a Sinn Féin Councillor for almost seven years.”
Gerry Adams said: “Ba mhaith liom mo chomhbhrón a dhéanamh le teaglach Todd ag an uair millteanach brónach i saol bhur gclann. Harry Todd was born in Dundalk and worked in the Brewery for many years before he retired. He was co-opted onto Dundalk Town Council in December 2007 and elected to the Council in 2009.
He was a diligent local Sinn Féin Councillor who very ably represented the people of Dundalk and was active in many local campaigns, including housing and the Louth County Hospital, community safety, and traffic calming campaigns. Harry had a great sense of humour and was hugely well liked by everyone who knew him. Although seriously ill when Richard and I visited him not long before Christmas Harry was in the best of form. He spoke about his parents, Thomas and Neil, and his father’s connections with Roddy Connolly, son of James Connolly and his mothers admiration for Eamon De Valera. He reminisced about life in Dundalk as he grew up. The death of his wife Margaret was a huge blow to Harry. She was his one true love. He talked at length about his own sons and daughters and grandchildren and of his love for Dundalk and its people.
Harry was a committed republican with a deep commitment to equality, citizens rights and Irish unity. To his sons Harold, Garrett and Alan; his daughter Elaine, his daughters-in-law Leontia and Eimear, his many grandchildren and his brother Desmond and sisters Frances and Maureen and the entire Todd family circle, I want to extend my sincerest condolences on their loss. Ar dheis dé go raibh a anam dílis.