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Statement from Waterford City & County Council on death of Cllr. Davy Daniels

The Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. John O’Leary has paid tribute to his long-time friend and colleague, Cllr. Davy Daniels (Ind), who passed away on January 10th, 2023.

Cllr. Daniels had a long and distinguished career in local politics, having first been elected to Waterford Corporation in 1974.

He served as Mayor of Waterford in 1987/1988 and 2000/2001 and most recently as Metropolitan Mayor in 2020/2021.

Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. John O’ Leary said, “Davy was steadfast in his role in prioritising the future of Waterford’s development, through and in tandem with communities, charities, business groups and residents’ associations.

“As a man who loved sport, Davy was committed to the enhancement and provision of sporting amenities. He derived great pleasure when a sports club secured a new pitch, ground or changing facilities.  He played an integral part in the development of the Regional Sports Centre, Williamstown Sport Complex, and the People’s Park, being only too well aware of the benefits that sport can bring to individuals and groups.

“A passionate advocate of the arts and culture scene, he was protective of Waterford’s theatrical, musical, and visual arts communities, seeking funding and support in order to keep Waterford’s creativity shining bright.

“In addition to his passion, commitment, and dedication he remained throughout a genuine people-person.  Everyone who met him was touched by his warm, caring persona.  He had time and a word for everybody he encountered.  That to me, is what exemplified Davy, a dedicated councillor, a proud Waterford man and a compassionate human being.”

Michael Walsh, Chief Executive of Waterford City and County Council also paid tribute to Ireland’s longest serving city-based councillor.  “Davy was first elected in 1974 and in the intervening years, he never lost the spark or passion, and that’s what made him a great public representative.

He was committed to the betterment of Waterford, be it through economic development, education, social and cultural enhancement, and the promotion of our tourism and archaeological heritage.  He never stopped beating the drum for his native city.

On behalf of the Council executive, I wish to extend deepest condolences to his wife Mary, his sons Liam and David, his grandchildren, his extended family, and wide circle of friends and colleagues.”

A Book of Condolence will be opened at City Hall on the Mall and Civic Offices, Dungarvan from 2pm today (January 11th).  An online Book of Condolence is also available at


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