Campaigner Sean Dublin Bay Loftus dies

Politicians have paid tribute to former Dublin lord mayor and campaigner Sean Dublin Bay Loftus who died early yesterday morning.

Loftus, 82, had been ill for a number of months. He had campaign against the infill of Dublin Bay and the destruction of Wood Quay, and served as lord mayor of Dublin in 1995/1996. He called himself “Ireland’s first environmental politician.”

Born Ballina in Co Mayo, but a long-time resident of Dublin, he campaigned against recently rejected plans to infill Dublin Bay for the expansion of Dublin Port. He reportedly celebrated the victory in hospital.

Loftus was a barrister and law lecture. He was first elected to Dublin City Council in 1974, and was a TD for a short-lived Dail.

Various election material of Sean Dublin Bay Loftus said his track record included that he was “the man who single handedly saved Dublin Bay”, prevented a potentially dangerous oil refinery being build in Dublin Bay, and won a special amenities area order for Bull Island

Other issues he campaigned on include Christian values, VAT on children’s shoes, increase in transport fares, the over development of Dublin, promoted Ireland’s claim to Rockall and its mineral resources, and the rights of taxies to use Dublin bus lanes.

Ahead of his time, in 1992 he wanted a “Reduction in Number of TDs and A Politicians Pay Freeze.”

He changed his name a number of times by deed poll, including when he was supporting Dublin Bay and Ireland’s claim to Rockall.

Dublin lord mayor Gerry Breen, Green Party leader John Gormley, and Dublin City Labour Councillor Aodhan O’Riordain paid tribute to Loftus.

“It is with great sadness that I learned of the death this morning of my good friend Sean Loftus, who represented the Clontarf Ward on Dublin City Council for 25 years, retiring in 1999”, said Breen.

“I would like to pay tribute to Sean who leaves behind him a distinguished legacy as an eminent politician, environmentalist, campaigner and barrister. I also wish to extend my deepest condolences to Sean’s wife Una, daughters Muireann and Fiona, his son Ruairi and all his relatives at this time.”

Breen added: “He will also be sadly missed by his friends and by generations of people to whom he dedicated himself, lending a determined voice of conscience to many important issues over the past three decades – Ar dheis De go raibh a h-anam dhilis.”

Minister John Gormley said: “I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Sean Dublin Bay Loftus. I have known Sean for a very long time and we worked together on Dublin City Council.”

“Sean was a gentleman, always kindly and encouraging and a true environmental pioneer. He led the way even before the Green Party came into existence. Sean never wavered in his pursuit of the highest environmental ideals. He was a man of deep principle and conviction and he will be sadly missed by all those who care passionately about the environments,” he said.

Gormley said: “When I spoke to Sean a number of weeks ago in hospital he said how pleased he was about my Department’s recent work to protect Dublin Bay and how delighted he was about the recent An Bord Pleanala decision to reject plans for an infill of part of the bay.”

Cllr Aodhan O’Riordain said: “My thoughts today are with his widow Una, his family and his many friends. Sean was a tireless activist and a man of endless commitment when it came to local and national issues, and he will be greatly missed.”

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4 Comments for “Campaigner Sean Dublin Bay Loftus dies”

  1. “He had campaign against the”

    “He called him self”

    “Christen values”

    “over development”

    To point out a few mistakes.

    His name was Séan and he sat in the Dáil, fadas are important. When talking about a recently deceased man show some respect and call him Mr Loftus, the use of just the surname is generally reserved for people held in contempt.

  2. Thank you for the corrections.

    I want to make it clear that the lack of a honorific is not a sign of disrespect or contempt. This is a part of our house style. Other publications — such as the Sunday Business Post and The Guardian — also use this style. At least in some cases, The Guardian adds honorifics in leader articles and reportage of people who have died, but this may imply that the lack of honorific elsewhere is a sign of contempt.

    As for fadas, we do not use fadas. It should be noted that a quick search shows that, out of many publications and websites, only the Irish Times and Sunday Tribune use fadas.

  3. “His name was Séan and he sat in the Dáil, fadas are important.”

    And part of that importance is that they change the pronunciation based on their location within the word. His name was pronounced ‘Shawn’, not ‘Shane’, so it’s ‘Seán’.

  4. Further to my last comments, it does not seem like the man himself used a fada on his name.

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