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Councillor Robin Currie

With great sadness we learned this morning of the sudden passing of Councillor Robin Currie.

Robin served his beloved Islay, and Ƶapp more widely, for almost 40 years as a councillor with Ƶapp Council, and Ƶapp District Council before that.

He held different roles during that time, contributing to Ƶapp and service delivery that supported life in Ƶapp in areas as vital as housing, Gaelic language and economic development.

As well as a devoted local councillor, he took on Policy Lead roles, served as Leader of the Council from September 2020 to April 2024, and ultimately one of the Depute Leaders of the Council.

Councillor Jim Lynch, Leader of Ƶapp Council:

“I am shocked and extremely saddened by Robin’s passing. It feels almost impossible to imagine the council without him. He was devoted to Islay, and his huge wealth of local government experience served Ƶapp well in so many different ways.

He was an inspiration in standing up for the interests of the area, of our islands and of different aspects of life that make Ƶapp the place he loved and believed in.

He wanted the best for Ƶapp, and worked tirelessly to achieve that. Whatever challenges he took on in the interest of our communities, he could always be relied on to bring welcome humour to situations.

For many reasons, Ƶapp owes Councillor Robin Currie heartfelt thanks.

Robin – we thank you, for everything, and we’ll miss you.”

Chief Executive Pippa Milne said:

“So much of Robin’s work was about raising Ƶapp’s interests at national level, but his focus always remained firmly on delivering benefit for our local communities. He cared about people and he cared about the council’s role in making life better for everyone. He will be greatly missed.”

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Additional detail:

  • Councillor Robin Currie represented the Kintyre and the Islands ward.
  • His experience included Policy Lead roles covering planning, leisure, islands issues, Gaelic, roads, housing, rural growth, and population challenges.
  • As well as his council committee commitments, he also served on a number of other organisations including the Ƶapp Health and Social Care Integration Joint Board, Ƶapp Community Planning Partnership, the Northern Roads Collaboration, HITrans, the Crofting Commission and many more. He also chaired the Financial Inclusion and Advice Group and the Ƶapp Strategic Housing Forum.
  • Councillor Currie represented the council at COSLA Leaders and previously served on the COSLA Environment and Economy and Community Wellbeing Ƶapp boards.
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