Gilligan celebrates 20th anniversary since his first election

At 40 years old, Gilligan is now the longest serving elected rep in South Dublin County Council. 

The recent local elections saw Cllr Trevor Gilligan elected for a fifth time to South Dublin County Council. First elected at 20 years old, this month marks Gilligan’s 20th year on SDCC. To date, Gilligan has received just under 6,000 first preference votes from supporters, residents and community groups. 

The Clondalkin Councillor commented “I remember my first time like it was yesterday, I was just out of college, friends were celebrating finishing exams, whilst I went straight over after the exams to the mill centre to campaign. My late Father Martin Gilligan was so helpful, really went out of his way to help. My Mam and siblings all got behind me too. Gillligan was re-elected earlier this month in the Clondalkin LEA. It is a pinch me moment and it feels so surreal. On the one hand it went so fast, but each election is nerve wracking in its own way. I would like to pay homage to my former colleagues Charlie O’Connor, Gus O’ Connell and Cathal King who have dedicated a lot of time and effort to our community. It is truly an honour and a privilege to continue to represent the area where I was reared and where I now rear my children.” 

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