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Funeral of former Alliance deputy leader Seamus Close takes place in Lisburn

The funeral of former Alliance Party deputy leader Seamus Close has taken place in Lisburn.

Mr Close, who had been an MLA in Lagan Valley for nine years, died on Tuesday. He had been suffering from cancer.

His funeral took place at St Patrick's Church in Lisburn and he was buried at Holy Trinity Cemetery.

Mr Close began his political career in his early 30s by standing for Alliance in the second Fermanagh and South Tyrone by-election in August 1981.

Soon afterwards his political base moved to the then new Lagan Valley constituency and he became Alliance chairman between 1981-82, and then deputy leader for a decade from 1991.

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Seamus Close

He was Mayor of Lisburn from 1993-94.

In June 2001 he resigned as deputy leader of the party, citing difference with the leadership of Seán Neeson.

He retired from politics in 2006.

Alliance leader Naomi Long described him as "larger than life and full of fun" after his death.

He is survived by his wife Deirdre and children Christopher, Brian, Stephen and Natasha.

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The funeral of Seamus Close, former Alliance Party deputy leader.

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