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Longford County Council to donate €1,000 towards the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust

Funeral arrangements announced for Longford man Danny McGee who died following alleged assault in New York

The late Daniel John 'Danny' McGee whose family received support from the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust

A donation of €1,000 is to be given to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Fund following a motion by Cllr Martin Mulleady at the May meeting of Longford County Council.

Cllr Mulleady proposed that a letter of thanks and support be sent to the Trust in memorie of all the families who sought help to get their loved ones home for internment, especially the McGee family from Drumlish and the Murphy family from Ballinamuck who, with the fund, were able to bring their sons Danny and James home.

“Danny McGee’s story in is well-documented and only for that fund was in place, he would not have been home to his family within three or four days of his untimely death. It would have taken maybe a month or even six weeks,” said Cllr Mulleady.

“I would like a letter sent to that fund to thank them for their support to every family that they’ve helped out. There’s an unbelievable amount of families they’ve helped.”

Cllr Seamus Butler pledged his support for the motion and suggested that the council donate €1,000 from the countywide community fund - a suggestion that was supported by fellow councillors.

Cllr Mulleady thanked the council for its generous decision and also paid tribute to all of those involved in a fundraiser held in the Longford Arms earlier this year in aid of the Trust.

“It was very successful and I think there was over €30,000 raised so thanks to everyone involved.”

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