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Mary Coughlan (pictured) had met her Garda husband while he was stationed at Leinster House. Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Husband of former Tánaiste Mary Coughlan passes away

David Charlton, 48, had been suffering from cancer.

THE HUSBAND of the former Tánaiste, Mary Coughlan, has died.

David Charlton died at the family home in Co Donegal last night, after a six-month battle with cancer. He was 48.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin described Charlton as the “beloved husband” of Coughlan who herself was “a friend and colleague for many years”.

“On behalf myself of the Fianna Fáil party, I would like to express my deep sympathy to Mary, her children Maeve and Cathal, as well as the Charlton and Coughlan families,” he said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”

A funeral Mass will be held for David, a native of Co Mayo, on Tuesday morning.

David, a Garda, had met Mary while stationed at Leinster House in the 1990s. In more recent times he had been stationed at Glenties in Co Donegal.

He is survived by his wife and two teenage children.

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