Former UUP councillor Jean McVitty dies

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Tributes have been paid to former Ulster Unionist councillor, Jean McVitty, who has passed away.

Fermanagh and South Tyrone MP Tom Elliott led the tributes to Mrs McVitty, who was well known as a community activist in the Lisnaskea area of Fermangh.

He said: “It is with deep regret that I learn of the passing of former Ulster Unionist councillor Jean McVitty. A committed community activist, she put a massive effort into helping and supporting the people and community of Lisnaskea and its surrounding area.

“Jean was an elected representative before I was and she was dedicated to her work and community. Jean served in many roles within her native Fermanagh, including as a councillor on Fermanagh District Council, as chair of Lisnaskea Chamber of Commerce and a member of Fermanagh & Omagh Policing & Community Safety Partnership.

“Indeed just two months ago I, along with Cllr Victor Warrington and Jean, visited the ESB Power Station in Ballyshannon to discuss the impact that the power station water controls from Lough Erne was having on the flooding problems in East Fermanagh.

“I will remember Jean as a dedicated worker. My sympathies go to her sons John, Ian, Mark and Ross.”

Ulster Unionist Party chairman, Lord Empey said: “Jean and many like her served the community at a time when those in local government were easy pickings for IRA terrorism, particularly in her area. She represented the community fearlessly and without favour. She will be a loss to unionism in Co Fermanagh.”