Tributes paid to former Councillor Seamus Houlihan after fatal house fire

The blaze broke out at around 1.30am on Saturday

Tributes paid to former Councillor Seamus Houlihan after fatal house fire

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Updated: 14.50

Tributes are being paid to former Labour Party Councillor Seamus Houlihan, who died in a house fire in Limerick city on Saturday morning.

Mr Houlihan, aged in his 80s, was discovered in his home by a family member after a fire broke out in the property shortly after 1.00am at Keyes Park.

His son James - a former Labour Party councillor who was living with his father - discovered the property ablaze after returning home.

It is understood the fire was caused by an electrical fault, and a clothes dryer was removed from the house by authorities investigating the fire.

Three units of Limerick City and County Fire Service responded to the scene - along with gardaí and Health Service Executive (HSE) paramedics.

Gardaí have sealed off the house and the scene has been preserved for a technical examination.

Labour TD and former Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan said Mr Houlihan was a champion of rights for the elderly.