Irish Senator Kieran Phelan dies at age 60

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Irish Senator Kieran Phelan has died suddenly at the age of 60. Phelan died after falling ill in his hotel in Dublin this morning, shortly before a meeting due to be held by the Seanad.

Phelan sat on the Industrial and Commercial Panel and had been a Senator since 2002. He was also a Laois County councillor and was elected council chairman in 1998. He was a member of the Fianna Fáil party.

Taoiseach Brain Cowen released a statement on the death of Senator Phelan. "Kieran is a well known, much admired and greatly respected member of Seanad Éireann. He is a constituency colleague of mine and a lifelong friend. I will miss him deeply," he said.

As a mark of respect, Leader of the House Donie Cassidy proposed that the house be adjourned until June 1st.