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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Councillor dies suddenly after heart attack at polling station on election day

Published 23/05/2014 | 18:22

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Cllr Eoin Bannigan with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and MEP Mairead McGuinness in March this year. Picture: Philip Fitzpatrick
Cllr Eoin Bannigan with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and MEP Mairead McGuinness in March this year. Picture: Philip Fitzpatrick

A COUNTY councillor who was expected to top the poll in his area has died after a heart attack at his local voting station in Monaghan.

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Fine Gael Cllr Owen Bannigan, who was a father of five, passed away in the ambulance on the way to hospital.

Mr Bannigan was a councillor for the past 15 years and is a beef and dairy farmer.

Under the law, a by-election will have to be held in the Ballybay-Clones area to fill his seat.

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