Bobby McKee

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Bobby McKee MBE is a Unionist politician in Larne, Northern Ireland and former member of the Ulster Volunteer Force.[1][2]

McKee is a Democratic Unionist Party councillor and a member of Larne Borough Council since 1989.[3] He has served as a Mayor of Larne in 2004 and 2008.[4] His brother Jack McKee, who died in 2015, was a DUP councillor in Larne and subsequently a member of the Traditional Unionist Voice.[5]

He lost both his legs as the result of a car bomb when he was a member of the UVF.[6] A founder member and chairman of the N.I. Amputees Association he is also chairman of Larne Disabled Fitness Suite. Bobby is Vice chairman of C.A.B. and has been a member for 10 years. A member of N.I. Housing Council for 15 years he has served as a board member for 6 years.He received the MBE in 2004 in recognition for his work in politics.

In 2009 McKee led a welcoming delegation to the Catholic Ancient Order of Hibernians at Larne Borough Council headquarters in an attempt to boost cross community relations in the area in what was described as a historic day.[7] In 2010 McKee condemned a British National Party leafleting campaign in Larne regarding a new refugee centre being built in the town and accused the BNP of whipping up racial tension.[8]

On January 2011 he was involved in a car crash where his car went through the front window of an insurance shop in Larne.No one was injured in the incident.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Larne Borough Council Archived June 2, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Anphoblacht
  3. ^ Members Profile DUP.org
  4. ^ "Bobby McKee elected new Mayor of Larne". Larne Times. Johnston Publishing. 12 June 2008. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  5. ^ "TUV decision 'no slight'", Larne Times, 20 March 2008
  6. ^ Councillor apologises after 'stumpy' jibe Breaking News.ie
  7. ^ Historic Day Larne Times
  8. ^ BNP Takes Hate Message To Larne Belfast Telegraph
  9. ^ DUP councillor crashes into Larne insurance shop Belfast Telegraph
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Preceded by
David Fleck
Mayor of Larne
2002–2004
Succeeded by
Roy Craig
Preceded by
Andy Wilson
Mayor of Larne
2011–2012
Succeeded by
Gerardine Mulvenna