Martin pays tribute to 'great gentleman' Seán Ardagh
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has led the tributes to former TD Seán Ardagh, who has passed away following a battle with cancer.
Mr Ardagh (68) died in the early hours of yesterday morning while surrounded by family members.
He served as a TD in the Dublin South Central constituency for 14 years before retiring from politics in 2011.
Mr Ardagh's daughter Catherine was recently elected to the Seanad where she will serve as Fianna Fáil group leader. She announced her father's death on her Facebook page.
"My dad Seán passed away this morning surrounded by his beloved family. We will miss him dearly," she wrote.
Mr Martin described Mr Ardagh as "one of the great gentlemen" of Irish politics.
"He was hard-working, courteous and committed. He was also enormously popular with his colleagues and, of course, his constituents," he said.
"He contested three general elections and was successful in all of them, increasing his vote in every outing and topping the poll with a surplus on his final contest in 2007."