Tributes have been paid to Liam Healy, the former deputy chairman and chief executive of Independent News & Media (INM), following his death yesterday.
Mr Healy was chief executive of the media group, which publishes the Irish Independent among its titles, from 1991 to 2000.
Mr Healy passed away peacefully yesterday morning at the Royal Hospital, Donnybrook, Dublin 4, after a long illness. He was 86.
He is survived by his wife Eithne and children Eoin, Orla and Ciara.
A long-standing executive at INM, Mr Healy was CEO for nine years and also held the role of non-executive deputy chairman.
He retired from the board of INM in 2008.
Last night, Michael Denieffe, former managing editor of Independent Newspapers, paid tribute to Mr Healy.
"Liam Healy was, above all things, a decent and honorable man and he was a pleasure to work with," said Mr Denieffe.
"He had a long and stellar career at INM and at all times was a genuine and humane person. I extend my deepest sympathies to Eithne and family."
INM chairman Leslie Buckley also paid tribute to Mr Healy.
"It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Liam Healy after a long illness," said Mr Buckley.
"For many years, Liam was a central part of Independent News & Media and served as CEO for almost 10 years. He also served on the board of the company as non-executive deputy chairman.
"Under Liam, INM's titles flourished and held the dominant positions in the respective national daily and Sunday newspaper markets.
"He also significantly expanded the group's footprint in regional titles across the country."
Mr Buckley added: "On behalf of the board and the editorial and management staff, I extend our sincerest condolences to his wife Eithne and to his family."
Mr Healy's remains will be removed on Monday to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook, Dublin 4, arriving at 10.50am for Requiem Mass at 11am and then to Deansgrange Cemetery.