The Social Democrats today expressed deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the late barrister and political commentator, Noel Whelan.

The party’s co-leaders Róisín Shortall TD and Catherine Murphy TD said:

“We are deeply saddened by the news of Noel’s death. Noel was a passionate campaigner, a talented barrister and a discerning political commentator who had an unrivalled knowledge and understanding of electoral politics.

“Noel played a central role in the successful referendum campaigns to introduce same-sex marriage and repeal the Eighth Amendment. His activism, generosity, talent and personality will be deeply missed by all of us in public life striving for a more compassionate and fairer Ireland.

“We wish to extend our deepest sympathies to Noel’s wife Sinéad, young son Séamus and the rest of their family at this most difficult time.”

ENDS

11th July 2019