DAVE HORAN Local Councillor dies September 2010

People may well have seen the news that Dave Horan, who has been one of our local councillors for many years, has recently died.

The Camden New Journal reported it as below. There is also a link to tributes to him at

http://www.camdennewjournal.com/news/2010/sep/tributes-stalwart-dave-kentish-town-councillor-dies-cancer:

Among the tributes is one from our current councillors who say:

Kentish Town ward councillors Georgia Gould and Meric Apak: “We will remember Dave for his deep knowledge of the local community, for the history lessons he gave us as we campaigned in Kentish Town but most of all for his compassionate kindness. Serving the residents of Camden was his life, for the young people at Kentish Town job train to the tenants on Kentish Town estates, nothing was too much effort. His commitment to the values he stood for – fairness, equality and social justice- lasted a lifetime. He’d never give up on a campaign and took the greatest care following through on every problem raised by local people at his surgeries. You could always rely on Dave for a considered, thoughtful response, never the quick or easy answer. He had a huge amount of integrity and depth. A conversation with Dave never failed to produce a new insight. He kept going through the most difficult of circumstances and showed that illness does not have to be a barrier to living a full life which he did right to the end. For us as new councillors he was a real inspiration and friend, and we will miss him dearly.”

He was always a good friend of our area and a very decent man. He will be missed.

We have asked our councillors to convey our condolences to his friends and family.

Debby and David

DAVE Horan, who has died aged 57, represented three wards in Camden as a Labour councillor and won a Town Hall seat at four elections.

But his political work was just one facet of the immense contribution he made to others’ lives in north London. As a teacher in Islington through the 1970s and 1980s he inspired young people, as a volunteer in Camden and Islington’s Irish communities he helped many on a daily basis and as a friend he brought wit and wisdom to the table, prompting many discussions over a pint.

Dave grew up in east London, but his parents moved the family to Clacton in Essex when he was aged 10.

It was as a teenager he got into politics. Both his parents died when he was in his late teens, and his grief brought out a compassion that inform­ed his politics.

Dave will be remembered for his love of life. He was interested in music, a big fan of Jimi Hendrix – he saw him live at the Isle of Wight festival – Bob Dylan and The Grateful Dead.

At Warwick University, he was taught by writer Germaine Greer. After university, he moved to London and settled in Mornington Crescent.

He began teaching at Holloway School and in the mid-1980s moved to Kentish Town, where he lived for the rest of his life.
By the 1980s, he had become active in the Labour Party and was elected as a councillor.

Dave had Irish ancestry – he had researched his great-grandmother Margaret’s life in Eire – and helped establish the Irish Councillors Network, supported Camden Irish Centre and was involved in setting up Islington Irish Centre and the Roger Casement Centre in Archway.

As an advice worker at the Camden and Islington Irish centres he made a massive contribution to many people’s lives. He became involved in supporting the campaign to free the Guildford Four, his dedication never being forgotten by the families of the men wrongly accused of terrorist atrocities.

Dave died of cancer, but despite deteriorating health won a council seat at the May elections.

He is survived by his two brothers, Ken and Steve.

DAN CARRIER