There was widespread sadness at the announcement last week of the death of Jim Cousins who had served as a town councillor and county councillor for more than 20 years and played such a prominent role in community affairs.
Cllr Declan Breathnach, cathaoirleach Louth County Council, said he was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Jim Cousins, “a public representative dedicated to the environment cross border and age friendly issues”, and he extended his deep sympathy to the family of Mr Cousins.
Jim Cousins entered politics in the early 1980s as a Fianna Fail councillor.
This was the contentious Haughey era and when Dessie O’Malley and Mary Harney give birth to the Progressive Democrats, Jim joined the PDs.
His last successful election to Dundalk Town Council was in 1999 and he served until the 2004 elections.
Chairman of the Special Olympics host town committee when the Greek team stayed in Dundalk in the run up to the 2003 International Games, the first held outside America. He served on many boards and committees including arts, health, VEC, and the harbour board.
In 2007, Louth became the first county in Ireland to set up an age-friendly strategy. A forum was set up and public consultations took place. Its chairman was Jim Cousins who brought considerable skill and commitment to this project which examined needs of the elderly. Seminars were attended by many groups including the Senior Citizen’s Parliament.
Formerly of PJ Carrolls, he played a major part in organising events for retired staff members and was involved with senior groups.
Jim Cousins is survived by his wife Margaret, daughters Karen and Diane, sons Mark and Stephen, and Diane, grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers-in law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. After reposing at his home on Friday, removal took place on Saturday morning to the Church of the Holy Redeemer for requiem Mass. Burial was in Haggardstown Cemetery.