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IrelandBarrister and political commentator Noel Whelan dies aged 50

14:50  11 july  2019
14:50  11 july  2019 Source:   thejournal.ie

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Whelan was highly involved in the referendum campaigns to legalise same sex marriage iand to Repeal the Eighth Amendment.

Barrister and political pundit Noel Whelan has died after a short illness. The 50 -year-old former Fianna Fail adviser died on Wednesday evening. The well-known commentator and father-of-one was instrumental in leading the campaign to introduce same-sex marriage and repealing the Eighth

Barrister and political commentator Noel Whelan dies aged 50 © Leah Farrell RollingNews.ie Whelan - left - played a significant role for the Yes side of the 2015 same-sex marriage referendum.

TRIBUTES HAVE BEEN paid on the death of Noel Whelan – the barrister, political writer and former advisor – who has died, aged 50. Whelan was a regular columnist for the Irish Times and played an important role advocating for a Yes vote in 2015′s marriage equality campaign.

The Irish Times confirmed that Whelan died yesterday evening after a short illness. A barrister for 19 years, Whelan was also a former advisor to Fianna Fáil and ran for the party as a general election candidate in 1997.

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He was well-known for his Irish Times column and featured regularly as a commentator on radio and television. Whelan was highly involved in the referendum campaigns to legalise same-sex marriage in 2015, and to Repeal the Eighth Amendment in 2018.

Barrister and political commentator Noel Whelan dies aged 50 © Getty (left to right) Barrister Noel Whelan, Elaine Bedford, Mary Lou McDonald and Ailbhe Smyth at a Together For Yes press conference in Dublin in Dublin, ahead of the referendum on the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution on May 25th. (Photo by Niall Carson/PA Images via Getty Images) His well-researched, astute articles dealt with the arguments from the No side and outlined the cases for a Yes vote. Whelan also set up the Kennedy Summer School, which takes place in New Ross, Co Wexford and focuses on Irish-American history, culture and politics.

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Barrister , one of the two types of practicing lawyers in England and Wales, the other being the solicitor. In general, barristers engage in advocacy (trial work) and solicitors in office work, but there is a considerable overlap in their functions.

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Whelan was touted as a potential candidate in last year’s presidential election, but ruled himself out of the race when it became clear that sitting president Michael D Higgins was going to contest.

Tributes

Tributes are being paid to Whelan this morning. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar expressed his sadness that When had died.“So sad to hear that Noel Whelan has passed away. We come from different party backgrounds but I feel this morning like Ireland has lost a friend. Such a sharp intellect. So articulate and effective on marriage equality,” Varadkar tweeted.

Journalist Dearbhail McDonald said Whelan’s death was “heartbreaking news to wake up to” and expressed her condolences with his family and friends.“Noel Whelan was a mighty kindness, beyond generous with his support, insights & advices. I’ll miss his conversation and great wit,” she said. Whelan is survived by his wife Sinead McSweeney and his son Séamus.

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President Michael D Higgins among those to pay respects at funeral of barrister Noel Whelan.
President Michael D Higgins was among those who paid their respects to barrister, campaigner, writer and political advisor Noel Whelan at his funeral mass in Dublin today. 

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