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Monday 19 March 2018

Former Tánaiste Coughlan comes to aid of man having seizure in café

Former Tánaiste Mary Coughlan. Photo: Damien Eagers
Former Tánaiste Mary Coughlan. Photo: Damien Eagers

Darragh McDonagh

A man who suffered a seizure in a café in Co Mayo received assistance from an unexpected source when former Tánaiste Mary Coughlan came to his aid.

The former Fianna Fáil TD, who served as deputy leader between 2008 and 2011, was enjoying a coffee in Castlebar, Co Mayo, when the medical emergency arose.

The man in his 40s began having a seizure, but Ms Coughlan was quick to react and took charge of the situation as another customer administered first aid.

A member of staff had called the emergency services but was growing frustrated with the operator's questions.

Ms Coughlan, who was Minister for Health in 2011, asked for the phone and took over.

An ambulance arrived at the café shortly afterwards.

It is understood Ms Coughlan was in the area to support a team from her native Donegal in the Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta tournament, a Gaelic football competition taking place in Tourmakeady at the weekend.

Irish Independent

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