Joe Gaston

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Joe Gaston (born 1926 or 1927) is a Unionist politician in Northern Ireland.

Gaston worked as a farmer and served part-time in the Ulster Defence Regiment.[1] In 1973, he was elected to Ballymoney Borough Council as a non-party candidate. He was re-elected in 1977, for the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP).[2]

In December 1977, Gaston's right leg was removed by a bomb planted in his tractor by the Provisional Irish Republican Army.[1][3]

Gaston was elected at the Northern Ireland Assembly election, 1982 in North Antrim.[4] In 1985, he served as Deputy Mayor of Ballymoney, then as Mayor from 1986–87 and 1990 - 93.

At the 1992 general election, Gaston contested Ian Paisley's North Antrim seat, taking second place with 18.1% of the votes cast.[5] In 1996, he was elected to the Northern Ireland Forum, again in North Antrim,[6] and served his final term as Mayor of Ballymoney.

Gaston lost his council seat in 2005.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Suzanne Breen, "The forgotten victims of the Troubles", Sunday Tribune, May 2006[dead link]
  2. ^ The Local Government Elections 1973-1981: Ballymoney, Northern Ireland Elections
  3. ^ Belfast Today
  4. ^ North Antrim 1973-1982, Northern Ireland Elections
  5. ^ North Antrim, 1983-1992, Northern Ireland Elections
  6. ^ North Antrim, Northern Ireland Elections
  7. ^ Ballymoney Borough Council Elections 1993-2005, Northern Ireland Elections
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Steele
Mayor of Ballymoney
1986 - 87
Succeeded by
Cecil Cousley
Preceded by
Cecil Cousley
Mayor of Ballymoney
1990 - 93
Succeeded by
Cecil Cousley
Preceded by
Cecil Cousley
Mayor of Ballymoney
1996
Succeeded by
Frank Campbell