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10-8-2009 | Joe Doyle - epilepsy loses a true advocate

10 August 2009
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It is with great sadness that we report the death of Brainwave Board Member and former TD, Senator and Lord Mayor of Dublin, Joe Doyle. Joe passed away on August 8th aged 73 after a long battle with illness.

Joe was a wonderful advocate for people with epilepsy in the Dail, the Seanad, Dublin City Council and with the Health authorities. For many years, he was Ireland's best known person with epilepsy and was always keen to speak publicly about his condition, which he developed when he was 16.

During his years as Lord Mayor of Dublin, he hosted official functions for Brainwave at the Mansion House, presented "Planning my Future" graduates with their certificates and made official appearances at Brainwave's National Epilepsy Week events and at the Horse Show Ball fundraising event. He was a member of Brainwave's Board of Directors (Executive Committee) for over 20 years where he served the cause of epilepsy with as much dedication as he did for his Dublin South-East constituents.

In 1997, Joe was one of the key speakers at the launch of the Global Campaign against Epilepsy which took place in Dublin during the International Epilepsy Congress, earning worldwide attention. During his year as Lord Mayor, Joe also jointly launched the 'European Declaration on Epilepsy' in Heidleberg Castle together with the Mayor of Heidelberg. This Declaration was created by all of the top epilepsy specialists in Europe and the wider world and is a key document in the battle to improve services for people with epilepsy.

First elected to the Dáil in 1982, Joe served two terms as TD in addition to 12 years in the Seanad. One of his proudest moments was when he was elected Lord Mayor of Dublin in 1998. He retired from Dublin City Council in 2004.

Epilepsy has truly lost a wonderful advocate. On behalf of everyone at Brainwave, I would like to offer our sincere condolences to his wife, Peggy, his sons David & Michael and daughter Roisin at this sad time.

Mike Glynn, Brainwave CEO

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