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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S6M-02930

Remembering Canon Benedict O’Keefe

Submitted by: Paul O'Kane, West Scotland, Scottish Labour.
Date lodged: Thursday, January 27, 2022

Supported by: Clare Adamson, Jackie Baillie, Neil Bibby, Sarah Boyack, Miles Briggs, Donald Cameron, Pam Gosal, Bill Kidd, Monica Lennon, Ruth Maguire, Paul McLennan, Stuart McMillan, Marie McNair, Alex Rowley, Paul Sweeney, David Torrance, Sue Webber

That the Parliament notes with great sadness the passing of Very Rev Canon Benedict (Benny) O’Keefe, a well-known and respected priest in the Diocese of Paisley; recognises that Canon O’Keefe, who came to Scotland from Ireland having been born in Ballyclogh, County Cork, served his parishes across the Diocese, which is within the West Scotland region, and the wider catholic community for over 60 years; notes the positive impact that he had on communities throughout his service, especially in the areas of Barrhead, Clarkston and Greenock, and his ministry to young people and people who were sick or had life-limiting conditions through the annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes; recognises the work of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Greenock and the staff of the Inverclyde Royal Hospital for their attentive care of him, and sends condolences to his family and the clergy and people of the Diocese of Paisley.