Tribute to the sudden death of senior counsel and Fine Gael supporter Frank Callanan – archyde

Senior Counsel Frank Callanan died at the age of 65, just days after the death of his father Fionnbar.

r Callanan was one of the most prestigious members of the Irish Bar Association. He died this morning at home in Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin.

He died just days after the death of his father Fionnbar, a retired lawyer and photographer.

Mr. Callanan was well known in legal and political circles and had been recommended to become an attorney general.

He had a strong relationship with Fine Gael and was the party’s trustee.

Secretary of State Simon Coveney tonight paid tribute to Mr Callanan by saying, “Frank was a brilliant legal mind, but also such a kind, generous person. My thoughts and sympathy go with his family and friends. “

Former Attorney General Michael McDowell paid tribute to his colleague and said he was shocked to hear of the “excruciatingly sad news.”

Mr Callanan’s death was a loss to the judiciary in Ireland, Mr McDowell said.

Fine Gael TD and former Attorney General Charlie Flanagan also recognized Mr. Callanan as a “learned and learned man.”

Mr. Flanagan added that “many of his colleagues and friends are deeply felt” after the senior counsel’s death.

Mr. Callanan was a Fine Gael activist for many years and held various backroom positions for the party, Mr. Flanagan recalled.

The leader of Fine Gael Seanad, Regina Doherty, tweeted: “God is so unexpected – RIP Frank …”

As a historian, Mr. Callanan wrote a number of books, including a short story about the last year of Charles Stewart Parnell’s life. He was also an expert on James Joyce.

Daniel Mulhall, Ireland’s Ambassador to the United States, tweeted, “Sorry about Frank Callanan’s death.”

The International James Joyce Foundation tweeted: “It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Frank Callanan, author of the upcoming issue James Joyce: A Political Biography.

“Frank should be one of the main speakers at the next symposium.”

Mr. Callanan was a UCD graduate attending the King’s Inn and the College of Europe in Bruges. As a former auditor for the UCD’s Literary and Historical Society, he wrote a history of the society.

Mr. Callinan was admitted to the bar in 1979. In 1998 he became Senior Counsel.

He has practiced civil law and has been involved in many high-profile cases, including representing the Equality Agency in a failed challenge to Portmarnock Golf Club’s exclusion of women from full-time membership.

He also represented the state, which successfully resisted Ryanair’s challenge against the government’s travel advice on Covid-19.

And he was a member of the Digital Rights Ireland legal team helping achieve a landmark ruling by the European Court of Justice to repeal a data retention policy.

He also represented survivors from the mother and baby homes.

Bar Council Chair Maura McNally referred to Mr. Callanan as an icon of the bar.

Sabrina Joyce-Kemper, a descendant of James Joyce, paid tribute and tweeted, “It is very sad to hear of Frank Callanan SC’s death. The Joyce family extends our condolences to his wife Bridget and his other family, friends and colleagues from live, err, fall, triumph, bring life to life … An envoy from the beautiful courts of life ‘. “

Co Meath writer and historian Liam Cahill tweeted, “RIP Frank Callanan. A lovable, lovable man. A great lawyer and historian. I am so sorry to hear that. He was a classmate at UCD Law School. “

Attorney Elaine Byrne tweeted, “The Callanan family have endured terrible sadness in such a short amount of time. Frank Callanan’s detailed knowledge of Parnell was wonderful to witness. “

Mr. Callanan leaves behind his wife Bridget, his sisters Claire, Jean and Sara and the brothers Paul and Richard.

Green MEP Ciarán Cuffe tweeted: “Shocked by Frank Callanan’s death. A decent and learned man who often represented the outsider. So sad that his father Fionnbar, an accomplished photographer, has also died in the last few days. “

Mr. Calllinan’s mother Margaret died two years ago.

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