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Michael Noonan's wife Florence dies aged 68

Condolences have been expressed by the Taoiseach on the passing of the Finance Minister’s wife.

Flor took a full part in the 2002 General Election
Flor took a full part in the 2002 General Election
Image: Gareth Chaney/Photocall Ireland

THE WIFE OF finance minister Michael Noonan has passed away.

Florence, who was 68-years-old, had been battling Alzheimer’s Disease for some years. She died at the Milford Hospice in county Limerick last night, according to RTÉ.

She had been diagnosed with pneumonia two weeks ago and was moved from her long-term nursing care to Mid Western Regional Hospital.

Known as Flor to her five children and husband of 43 years, Mrs Noonan was a native of Kerry and a teacher by profession.

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny has expressed his sympathies this morning.

On behalf of the Government, I express my deep condolences to Minister for Finance Michael Noonan on the passing of his wife Florence. Our thoughts and prayers are with Michael, their daughters and sons, and their extended family at this time of great loss.

On 31 May 2010, Noonan spoke to Pat Kenny on the Frontline about his experience of dealing with a family member with the disease.

Florence was diagnosed at age 54. Her mother had also died from Alzheimer’s.

He spoke of the tough decision to take Flor into long-term nursing home care. She had started to experience seizures and numerous falls.

She is in a very good place. We were fortunate that there was a new nursing home.

She was in the most advanced stage of the disease by 2010.

Noonan said he believed his appearance on the programme might help other people in caring positions.

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