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Isle of Man Home Affairs Minister dies after long illness

Credit: Isle of Man Government

The Minister for Home Affairs in the Isle of Man has died after a long illness.

Bill Malarkey MHK passed away on Thursday night at the Island's hospice with his family by his side.

He was 68 years old.

The Chief Minister, Howard Quayle MHK, has paid tribute to him on social media.

He was first elected as a member of the House of Keys for Douglas South in 2006 before losing his seat in 2011.

However, he then re-entered the House of Keys at a by-election in 2015 and returned during the general election in 2016.

After serving in four government departments, he was then appointed Minister for Home Affairs in 2016 by the Chief Minister.

His previous roles included the Chairman of the Communications Commission and a member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

He was also part of a number of Tynwald scrutiny committees.

You were a true Manxman and our island is poorer from your loss."

– David Ashford MHK, Minister for Health and Social Care

Tributes have also been paid online by other colleagues in Tynwald.

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