Irish foreign minister’s youngest daughter dies
Tragic loss of seven-year-old Leana Martin
Seven-year-old Léana Martin, daughter of Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Micheal Martin, has died after a short illness.
Martin’s youngest daughter died at Great Ormonde Street Hospital in London on Friday. Her parents were at her beside.
Her parents, Micheal and Mary, say that they are heartbroken by the loss and described their daughter as “a beautiful light” in their lives. The couple have one other daughter and two sons.
On October 11, Leana was admitted to Crumlin Children’s Hospital and was transferred to the London hospital earlier this week. She was suffering from a heart complaint.
The Martins also lost a child several years ago soon after birth. They have requested privacy while they grieve.
Prime Minister Brian Cowen stated last night: "I just want to convey on my own behalf and on behalf of all my colleagues our sincere sympathy, solidarity and support to Micheal and Mary and their children at this time.
"The loss of their beloved Leana is a very difficult cross to bear . . . for any family. He has our sympathy at this time."
President Mary McAleese said she was deeply saddened by the news. “Leana’s death is an unbearable loss for her parents Micheal and Mary, her brothers and sister and the wider Martin clan,” she said.
“I know the people of Ireland will feel immense sympathy for the Martin family as they face this devastating bereavement.
“I have conveyed my heartfelt sympathies, and those of my husband Martin and family, to Micheal and Mary.
“We are keeping them all in our thoughts and prayers at this very sad time.”
- An open letter in strong defence of capitalism.
- Sarah Palin is saving Christmas
- Racist incidents in Ireland up by 85 percent...
- Gay teacher fired from Catholic school after...
- Virginia governor slammed by doctor over...
- Irish drugs mule to escape full trial and...
- Nelson Mandela was against IRA decommissioning.
- Top Christmas Irish ads that will be bring...
- Irish radio presenter suspended after anti-Isra
- Families as well as Catholic Church and governm
Quoting Churchill to an Irish audience to make a point is not the silliest part of this sad missive. Like so many "Conservatives" Conboy mBill O’Reilly slams Nelson Mandela as an unrepentant “communist”
Obama is not a socialist, that is why you got ACA run by private insurance companies instead of Single Payer. I know he's not a socialist because I amUnionists regret US envoy Haass’ call for new flag for Northern Ireland (VIDEO)
More 'fried brain' nonsense...A sibling of an Irish person...is Irish...stay out of the Sun, 'n keep trying, cobber!!!Gay teacher fired from Catholic school after applying for same-sex marriage license
Hi alisaann, in truth, the ones who lose the most are the children. Marriage affords most people a means to bequeath possessions to the family without