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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Shock as brother of TD McGrath dies at 41

Michael McGrath
Michael McGrath
Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

THE brother of high-profile FF TD Michael McGrath died suddenly yesterday. Sean McGrath, a 41-year-old father of one, passed away at his home in Passage West in Cork, leaving the local community in shock.

The cause of death has yet to be determined, but a heart attack or a severe asthma attack is suspected.

Sean McGrath is the older brother of Fianna Fail finance spokesman Michael McGrath – a constituency colleague of party leader Micheal Martin in Cork South-Central.

Another brother, Seamus, is a member of Cork County Council in the area.

The family of seven children is well-known in Passage West, where their mother, Marie, also lives.

"They're a very close family, very good people and well-known and respected. Their father passed away years back," a family friend said.

Sean had a two-year-old daughter, Rebecca, who lived locally with her mother.

"He absolutely adored her," the family friend said.

His body was discovered by a friend in his house at about 4pm yesterday afternoon.

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