Tuesday 12 December 2017

Longest-standing member of Fianna Fail dies aged 85

A Fianna Fail activist, believed to be the longest-standing member of the party, died at the weekend aged 85.

Paddy Dolan (right) was enrolled by his father into the party on his first birthday in October 1926.

On the 80th anniversary of the founding of Fianna Fail he was a special guest at the celebrations in the Mansion House.

Originally from Roscommon, he lived in Wicklow for the past 20 years. He wasn't allowed to be involved in politics publicly while in the civil service, but he remained active within Fianna Fail.

Mr Dolan passed away on Saturday night after battling pneumonia for the past two weeks in St Vincent's Hospital.

His remains will be removed this evening for arrival at St Patrick's Church in Wicklow town at 6.45pm, followed by funeral Mass tomorrow at 11.30am.

He is survived by his wife Eileen and daughters Miriam, Helan, Anne, Patricia and Karen.

Irish Independent

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