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Mother of Green Party leader dies following accident during family holiday off coast of Galway

The mother of Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has died following an accident during a family holiday off the coast of Galway. Picture by Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Marie Louise McConville

The mother of Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has died following an accident during a family holiday off the coast of Galway.

It was reported that Mary Ryan, who lived in Sandycove, in Dublin, was on Inisbofin Island at the time of the incident.

She was taken by the Air Ambulance to Galway University Hospital on Tuesday where she died.

A death notice said Ms Ryan died "unexpectedly but peacefully".

It described Ms Ryan as the beloved wife of the late Bob and loving mother of John, Eamon, Robert and Marion.

The notice says she will be sadly missed by her children and their partners, her adored grandchildren Harriet, Lorcan, Séamus, Fintan, Isabella, Jack, Oliver, Ino, Tom, Róise, Sean and Harry, great-grandson George, her sisters-in-law, extended family, neighbours and friends.

A Green Party spokesman said: "Mary Ryan, mother of John, Eamon, Robert and Marion died suddenly in the early hours of this morning at University Hospital Galway.

"Minister Eamon Ryan wants to thank the Air Ambulance Service as well as staff at University Hospital Galway for their care," he said.

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