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 1982 Northern Ireland Assembly election 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 to Sinn Féin's Daithi McKay in 2005.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Suzanne Breen, "The forgotten victims of the Troubles", Sunday Tribune, May 2006 Archived 4 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  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
Northern Ireland Assembly (1982)
Preceded by
New creation
MPA for North Antrim
1982 - 1986
Succeeded by
Assembly abolished
Northern Ireland Forum
Preceded by
New creation
Member for North Antrim
1996 - 1998
Succeeded by
Forum dissolved
Civic 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