Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said today that he is shocked and deeply saddened by the death of Shane McEntee.
In a statement he said that his thoughts and prayers are with the Junior Agriculture Minister's wife and family.
The Irish Farmer's Association has also paid tribute to Deputy McEntee, with President John Bryan saying that he is "shocked beyond belief".
Awful, awful news about Shane McEntee RIP. Thoughts and prayers are with his family and with his colleagues.— Micheál Martin (@MichealMartinTD) December 21, 2012
Fianna Fáil leader Mícheal Martin's extended his sympathies to Mr McEntee’s family, friends and Fine Gael colleagues – on both a personal and professional level, calling the Fine Gael TD a "true gentleman" who "commanded the genuine affection and respect of people on all sides of the House".
Devastated to learn about friend & colleague Shane McEntee's passing.A true gentleman & great character. So, so sorry for his family. RIP— Lucinda Creighton (@LCreighton) December 21, 2012
Shocked to hear the news of the passing of Shane McEntee. My condolences to his family and friends.— Colm Keaveney (@Colm_Keaveney) December 21, 2012
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has expresses shock and sadness at the passing of Deputy McEntee.
"It was with shock that I learned the sad news today of the passing of Shane McEntee," he said. "My thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this sad time."