Shock at sudden passing of former local councillor Seán Bellew
The death has occurred of former local councillor Seán Bellew.
Elected as a Fianna Fáil representative to Dundalk Town Council in 2009, he missed out on a county council seat in the 2014 election, which he ran as an independent in the Dundalk South constituency.
The 41-year-old’s passing comes as a huge shock to the local community.
Seán, from Claret Rock in Faughart, was a practicing barrister in his home town since 1999 and also worked as a part-time law lecturer in Dundalk IT from 2000 to 2008.
The son of Jimmy and Nuala Bellew (neé McArdle), he was educated at the CBS and Coláiste Rís in Dundalk, before later UCD and King’s Inn.
He was also a well known supporter of Dundalk Football Club and had travelled to a number of the club’s European matches this season.
When he failed to attend the club’s game against AZ Alkmaar in Tallaght last night, friends called to his home. When he didn’t answer the door the emergency services were contacted to force entry with his body discovered afterwards.
Reacting to the news, Fianna Fáil TD for Louth and East Meath Declan Breathnach expressed his sadness on Seán’s untimely death.
“My first thoughts must go out to his parents Jimmy and Nuala, to his siblings and wider family,” said Deputy Breathnach.
“Sean’s passion for both the town of Dundalk and County of Louth was evident in everything he did. He was very aware of the impact of any decision made locally on peoples’ quality of life.
“At 41 years of age, this is a terrible loss of a good mind and person.”
“The Bellew family is a great political dynasty and Seán made a tremendous contribution both inside and outside the Fianna Fáil fold.”
Funeral arrangements will be made later.