It is with great sadness that we learned of the sudden death of our friend and colleague Ken Doyle. Ken was a generous hearted and principled man who we had the privilege of campaigning with over the last number of years.
Ken was an activist for years before we got to know him. He was very concerned with environmental issues and was an advocate for the cooperative movement. He spent many years as a member of the Green Party and in more recent times as a member of the Woodland League, he played an active role in protecting our national forests from privatisation.
As chairperson of the Swords anti property tax campaign he worked hard to protect his community from the austerity that was being foisted on people in the wake of the bank bailouts of 2008. He continued in the same way as a dedicated activist in the recent movement against the water charges.
In 2014 he took up the challenge to run for his local council where he would have loyally represented his community. Over the years he lent much of his time and support to me and his good friend cllr John Lyons. He was a community activist in every sense and was appalled at the political decisions that created hardship and inequality for so many. He did everything in his power to help as many people as he could who were facing hardship.
Ken had time for everyone, was a generous and kind man. He was a great friend, father, son, husband, brother and grandfather. It was a privilege to be able to count him as a friend. He will be greatly missed. We send our condolences and best wishes to all of his family and friends at this sad time. RIP Ken.