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Mum dies moments after voting

A MOTHER-of-one died from a massive heart attack yesterday just moments after casting her vote in the referendum.

Helen Maher (50), from Heywood Road, Clonmel, Co Tipperary, collapsed as she got back into her car after casting her vote at St Oliver's National School in the town.

According to gardai, there was nothing suspicious about the incident, which happened at about 8am.

A number of people in the vicinity tried to help Ms Maher and ambulance personnel attempted resuscitation before she was brought to South Tipperary General Hospital. She was later pronounced dead in the hospital.

Yesterday a family friend said that Ms Maher was "very happy and a very jolly person, she always seemed to be in a good mood".

She is survived by her adult son and her partner Tony Harney, who is a well-known mechanic in the area.

Irish Independent