Sean Byrne celebrates with Fianna Fail supporters on his election to Dail Eireann in 1982
The former South Tipperary TD Sean Byrne passed away this morning after a long illness.
Eighty one year old Sean Byrne, a former member of both Dail Eireann and the Seanad, was known as one of the Gang of 22 involved in the heave against the Fianna Fail leadership of Charlie Haughey in the early eighties.
A farmer before entering politics, he was unsuccessful on the first two occasions when he stood for election to Dáil Éireann, as a Fianna Fáil candidate in the Tipperary South constituency at the 1977 and 1981 general elections. He finally won a seat there at the February 1982 general election, and was re-elected at the November 1982 general election. At the 1987 general election he lost his seat to his Fianna Fáil colleague Noel Davern.
However, in the subsequent elections to the 18th Seanad Sean Byrne was elected by the Cultural and Educational Panel. He did not contest the 1989 general election, but was re-elected to the 19th Seanad. In the 1992 general election he stood again in Tipperary South, but was not elected. He was defeated in the 1993 election to the 20th Seanad, but was instead nominated by the Taoiseach, Albert Reynolds.
He contested the 1997 Seanad election on the Administrative Panel, but failed to win a seat and did not stand again.
He died on On March 5th, 2018, peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, in the care of the staff of Acorn Lodge Nursing Home, Cashel. SÉAN (former MCC, TD, Senator), beloved husband of the late Mary (nee Burke) and much loved father of Miriam, Bernie (O'Donnell), Claire (McDermott), Olive (O'Leary) and Seanie; brother of Seamus, Michael the late Liam, Tom, and PJ, adored grandfather. Sadly missed by his family, sons-in-law Pat, Tony, and Eoin, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and a wide circle friends.
Reposing at his family home in Tubrid on Wednesday (7th) from 5pm to 8pm. Funeral Mass on Thursday at 11.30am in St. John the Baptist Church, Duhill. Burial afterwards in Ballylooby Cemetery. House private on Tuesday.