Monday 22 December 2014

Son of former TD Charlie O'Connor laid to rest

Published 24/04/2014 | 16:20

24/04/14 Charlie O'Connor Pauline, mother of Robert O'Connor and other family members pictured at the funeral of Robert O'Connor, the son of former Fianna Fail TD, Charlie O'Connor at St. Mark's Church, Springfield this morning ... Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Pauline, mother of Robert O'Connor and other family members pictured at the funeral of Robert O'Connor
Actor, Tommy O'Neill, who plays Garda John Deegan in Fair City
Former Fianna Fail TD, Pat Carey, left and John McGuinness TD, Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee
Brian Hayes TD, Minister of State for Public Service Reform and the OPW pictured at the funeral
The remains are carried from church pictured at the funeral of Robert O'Connor
Charlie O'Connor follows behind the coffin of his son after funeral mass
Charlie O'Connor, right and Pauline,second from right, mother of Robert O'Connor
Fianna Fail TD John Curran
John McGuinness TD, Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee
John McGuinness TD, Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, left and Jerry Buttimer TD
The remains arrive at the church
Charlie O'Connor and Pauline
Jerry Buttimer TD pictured at the funeral of Robert O'Connor
A family photograph pictured at the funeral of Robert O'Connor

THE son of former Fianna Fail TD Charlie O'Connor was laid to rest today.

Actor Robert O'Connor (35) was found dead at an apartment in Rialto over the weekend.

This morning many faces from both the world of politics and stage were at St. Mark's Church in Springfield in Tallaght.

Junior Minister Brian Hayes as well as Fair City star Tommy O'Neill were among the notable attendees.

While the cause of his premature death remains unknown, his father said earlier this week they are devastated at his loss.

“We are now going to have to bury our own son, which is every parent’s worst nightmare,” said Mr Connor, a former Fianna Fail TD.

Robert O’Connor had worked with his father in Dail Eireann but then studied at the Gaiety School of Acting and the Betty Ann Norton School of Drama.

He appeared in a number of productions, including the films, The Nixer, Rural Heat, and Portrait of a Zombie, and on stage in Down The Flats, Hatchet, and Give us a Break.

Charlie O’Connor was a popular TD in the Dublin South West constituency between 2002 and 2011 but lost his seat in the last General Election when Fianna Fail was heavily punished by voters.

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