Stroke vows to fight on despite cancer battle

Cllr Michael Fahy

Galway County Council’s longest serving member, Cllr Michael ‘Stroke’ Fahy has been diagnosed with cancer – but, speaking from his hospital bed, he has vowed to fight the May local elections.

Earlier this week Cllr Fahy received the devastating news that he has cancer of the liver and is undergoing treatment this week – but speaking from the Galway Clinic, he said that he had no intention of stepping down from politics and will not be taking his name off the ballot paper.

“The only thing that will prevent me from standing is if the man in Heaven decides otherwise,” he said.

Cllr Fahy, who has lost five stone in weight since last Christmas, was admitted to the Galway Clinic last week having not felt well for some considerable time.

He attended last month’s meeting of Galway County Council and even many of his colleagues expressed concern about his physical appearance.

Late last year, Cllr Fahy was reinstated in the Fianna Fail party following 14 years of exile – having been forced to resign his membership back in 2004.

Cllr Fahy, who is nearly 40 years on Galway County Council, admitted his concerns over his long term health – but said that the consultants are confident that cancer diagnosis is treatable.

“The staff here are wonderful and the consultants have told me that under no circumstances am I to take my name off the ballot paper,” he said.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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