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28th Jun 2024

Former MEP Mick Wallace’s youngest son dies after short illness

Joseph Loftus

Tributes have been pouring in.

The son of former MEP Mick Wallace has tragically died following a short illness.

Joe Barry Wallace, who was 30, died in Tallaght hospital yesterday (Thursday 27th June) with his family at his bedside, reports the Irish Times.

Joe was a talented footballer who played with the Wexford Youths when the club was only just starting out.

On Thursday evening, the club posted a tribute online writing: “We are desperately saddened to hear of the passing of our former player and son of Mick, Joe Barry Wallace.

“We send our deepest sympathies to the Wallace family and all of his friends and clubmates. RIP Joseph.”

Local Independent TD Verona Murphy, who took Mick Wallace’s Dail seat in 2019 when he was elected to Europe, explained that she was “very saddened” to hear of Joe’s death.

She said: “My deepest, most sincere sympathy to the Barry and Wallace families on your immense loss and all of his friends and clubmates. RIP Joseph.”

MEP Sean Kelly added that it was “shocking news” and talked of Joe as a “very bright and talented young man”.

His wake will take place on Saturday in Dundrum followed by a funeral in Mount Jerome Crematorium at 4pm.

The news comes just two weeks after Joe’s father, Mick, lost his European Parliament seat in the election.

He had represented Ireland South for the previous five years.

Speaking following his election loss, Mick said: “That’s life. I’m very grateful to all the people who did vote for me and all the people who voted for me in the election five years ago. They gave me the opportunity to be on an amazing platform in Europe.”

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