A general election candidate who was the victim of a horrific "hit and run" incident has died.
Willie Crowley died in Naas Hospital last night having never regained consciousness after the incident in Newbridge, Co Kildare, on Tuesday night.
The news was greeted with shock and grief by everyone who knew the popular local councillor.
Warm tributes were paid by political colleagues and opponents to Mr Crowley, who was elected to Kildare County Council in May 2014 as an independent, and who last July threw in his lot with Deputy Shane Ross's Independent Alliance for the forthcoming general election.
Fine Gael TD Martin Heydon and Fianna Fáil's Cllr Fiona O'Loughlin were among those who expressed their sympathy with Cllr Crowley's family and his many friends.
Mr Crowley lived in Cappamore, Co Limerick, and Clonmel , Co Tipperary, in his youth. As a keen sportsman, Clonmel's recent Munster Club victory brought him great joy.