Boston Council Set to Celebrate Legacy of Former Mayor Ray Flynn

Image: Boston Council Set to Celebrate Legacy of Former Mayor Ray Flynn Former Boston Mayor Raymond Flynn. (Robert Pitts/Landov)

Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 11:28 AM

By Jennifer G. Hickey

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Two Boston City Council members plan to establish a commission to "celebrate the legacy" of former Mayor Raymond Flynn, reports The Boston Globe.

"He was a good mayor, and he continues to be a good human being. We have to find something appropriate for Mayor Flynn to celebrate his legacy," said Councilor Stephen J. Murphy during a celebration of Flynn's 75th birthday on Sunday, according to the paper.

Murphy and City Council president Bill Linehan revealed plans to create a commission to identify an appropriate location to construct a memorial or statue to honor Flynn, who served as mayor from 1984 to 1993.

If a memorial is approved, Flynn, who was known for his advocacy on behalf of the poor, would join a list of other Irish-American mayors who have been immortalized, according to the Irish Massachusetts blog.

That group includes: Kevin White, John Collins, John B. Hynes, James Michael Curley, and Patrick Collins.

Flynn resigned from office to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican and briefly attempted a political comeback by running for mayor in 1998.

"You get involved in politics to make a contribution. Sometimes you win them, sometimes you lose them," said Flynn when he withdrew from the race, according to the Washington Post.

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