Tributes pour in as councillor Willie Crowley loses battle for life

Willie Crowley
Willie Crowley

Tributes have pured in folloing the death of an Independent councillor who was struck by a car on Tuesday evening.

65-year-old Willie Crowley was struck by a car in Newbridge and the car failed to remain at the scene and was rushed to Naas Hospital.

Gardai closed Eyre Street, which is known locally as "the back street", as their investigations continued.

Cllr Crowley was a native of Clonmel - but had lived in Kildare for many years.

He was elected to Kildare County Council in May 2014.

Last July, he declared for Shane Ross's Independent Alliance in the forthcoming General Election.

Ross, was among those to paid tribute to the late councillor.

He tweeted: “Devastating news of Willie's death. A really serious politician destined for Dail. Sympathies to Claire.”

Fianna Fáil councillor Fiona O’Loughlin told TheJournal: “He’ll be remembered with fondness, as a great character who enjoyed a chat, a laugh, a pint, a bet and aside from that was very involved – he was a great cook and anyone who had the opportunity to sit around a table for good company and food would remember it.”

Gardaí investigating the incident arrested a 28-year-old man at a house in Newbridge on Wednesday.

He was subsequently charged and remanded in custody to appear before Athy District Court on December 22.