Monaghan Local Election candidate dies suddenlyFriday 23 May 2014 19.49
An outgoing Fine Gael Councillor, a local election candidate in Monaghan has died.
Owen Bannigan, 51, has been a member of Monaghan County Council since 1999.
It is understood Mr Bannigan died suddenly this afternoon in Ballybay of a suspected heart attack.
Mr Bannigan, a farmer, lived in Carrickatee and is the father of five children.
He was first elected to Monaghan County Council in June 1999 and was subsequently re-elected in 2004 and 2009.
He was Cathaoirleach of Monaghan County Council between 2004 and 2005.
A spokesperson for Fine Gael confirmed that Mr Bannigan has died and said the party is shocked and saddened.
There will be a re-run of the election in the Ballybay-Clones electoral area for Monaghan County Council following Mr Bannigan's death.
The Department of the Environment has confirmed that ballots cast today in the Local Election in the Ballybay-Clones electoral area will be destroyed and a new date will be set for voting.
This will give an opportunity for new candidates to be nominated.
The voting continues for the European Election.
The election in the Carrickmacross-Castleblayney Electoral Area is not affected.