Tributes are being paid to former Minister of Post and Telegraphs Paddy Lalor.
Mr Lalor also a former MEP and Minister for Industry has passed away.
An elected representative for the Laois Offaly constituency for 33 years he was also a well known Laois hurler.
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has paid tribute to him saying he had a long and dedicated career of public service.
He is survived by his four children, Frances, Helen, Veronica and Joe.