A terminally ill woman who persuaded the Northern Irish government to allow her to marry her partner during the lockdown dies just three months after tying the knot
- Samantha Byrne's wedding plans have been disrupted due to Covid-19 restrictions
- The bride stood up for Northern Irish politicians so that she could get married in lockdown
- She married Frankie in her home in Co Down with her two children by her side
- Several other friends and family members watched the poignant ceremony via video link
A terminally ill woman who persuaded the Northern Irish executive to allow her to marry her partner during the lockdown has died.
Samantha Byrne had planned her wedding to take place in May of this year. However, the Covid-19 restrictions disrupted their plans.
She was able to marry her partner Frankie Byrne at her home in Co Down after first and second deputy first ministers, Arlene Foster and Michelle O & # 39; Neill, agreed to allow wedding ceremonies if a person was terminally ill.
The terminally ill Samantha Byrne, who persuaded the Northern Irish executive to allow her to marry her partner Frankie during the lockdown, has died
The family began advocating for politicians while Samantha was being treated for a terminal cancer diagnosis.
The lobbying case was coordinated over a period of 10 days and presented to the politicians.
The lockdown measures were eventually lifted and Samantha and Frankie tied the knot in late May.
The couple were engaged when she was told that her cancer was fatal and that she had two years to live.
The couple married 6 close relatives in the garden of their Loughbrickland home while flocking live to another family
Northern Ireland lockdown restriction in May 2020
Pubs, bars, restaurants, schools and places of worship are closed
Contact should only take place within your own household
The minimum social distancing is 2 meters
Face covering is recommended when social distancing is not an option
People are advised to work from home whenever possible
The couple married at their Loughbrickland home with two of their children by their side while other family members watched via video link.
A memorial note stated that Samantha, described as Frank's beloved wife, died on Sunday at the Southern Area Hospice.
Her funeral takes place on Wednesday.
The mourners were asked not to send flowers but to donate them to the hospice.
The memorial service said: "Very sorry from the whole family."
DUP Chair Ms. Foster tweeted, “I am very sorry to hear this sad news.
“I don't think any of this couple could not be touched. My deepest sympathy. & # 39;
A florist who provided the flowers for Samantha's wedding day published an online tribute: “With the deepest sadness and the heaviest of my hearts, I let you all know that our beautiful bride Samantha has passed away.
“Many of you will remember her and Frankie's plight in getting married at the beginning of the lockdown.
Samantha and Frankie were engaged when she was told that her cancer was fatal and that she had two years to live
& # 39; Determination, will, pure love and devotion and an amazing support from family and friends made Samantha her wish.
“On behalf of all of us, we express our deepest condolences to Frankie and the family and the entire great army of friends of Samantha's. May she rest in peace. & # 39;