Emotional council chairman reveals family illlness

FERMANAGH and Omagh District Councillors have offered their prayers for and wished a speedy recovery to the husband of SDLP Councillor Patricia Rogers after it was revealed that he has been diagnosed with leukaemia. 
While offering apologies that Cllr Rogers would not be attending the monthly meeting at Enniskillen Townhall on Tuesday night, an emotional Council chairman Mary Garrity announced her brother-in-law, Brian’s illness. The couple have a family of four grown-up children and live outside Tempo. 
“I would appreciate if you would keep them in your prayers and thoughts,” Cllr Garrity told members who were united in offering their good wishes to the family as Mr Rogers undergoes treatment in Belfast.  
DUP Councillor Raymond Farrell told the chamber that he was saddened by the news and offered his support to Cllr Garrity and her family. 
“It certainly puts politics into perspective and can I assure you of my own personal thoughts and those of my colleagues at what I’m sure is a very trying time at a very difficult time of year. We want you to know that we’re right behind you and will support you in any way that we can.” 
Sinn Fein Councillor Stephen McCann added: “I know Brian very well and he is a very highly respected man. I wish him a speedy recovery and extend my best wishes to the family at this time.” 
UUP Cllr Alex Baird told members: “It’s very sad to receive news like this. Patricia and Brian have become well-known to me since I got involved in politics. While there’s not a lot that can be said, I can assure you that my colleagues and I will be thinking of you.” 
Cllr Garrity thanked the members for their concern, adding: “He will hopefully get through this. The prognosis is just going to involve intense treatment. Thank you members for your concern and support”. 


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