Alan Ruddock, a former editor of The Scotsman, has died suddenly in Ireland aged 49. A report in today's Scotsman, says Ruddock was taken ill while playing cricket near his home in Ireland. He had previously overcome Hodgkin's Disease. A native of Dublin, Ruddock was Scotsman editor between 1998 and 2000, and wrote about politics and economics for Ireland's Sunday Independent. Current Scotsman editor, John McLellan, said: "Alan Ruddock was a fine editor of The Scotsman, an instinctive journalist with a keen eye for political and business stories. He steered the paper at a crucial time for Scotland [the creation of the Scottish Parliament] and his sharp brain combined with his Irish background meant he had a natural feel for the issues facing the country. "He was a charming, fun and extremely helpful colleague. All our thoughts are with his family." Ruddock launched the Irish edition of the Sunday Times in 1995; wrote a book on Ryanair's controversial boss Michael O'Leary; contributed to the Observer; and was also a columnist for London paper City AM. Via allmediascotland
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