Former TD Peter Mathews dies after battle with illness
There is great sadness in political circles today following the passing away of former TD Peter Mathews.
Mr Mathews (65) was elected to the Dail for Fine Gael in 2011 , having previously served a career finance.
He was a strong critic of the banks and tirelessly advocated for a write down in Ireland's banking debt.
Mr Mathews was one of a number of Fine Gael TDs who lost the whip in 2013 in a row over the protection of life during pregnancy bill.
He spent a short time with the "Reform Alliance", which included TDs Lucinda Creighton and Billy Timmins.
He opted against joining Renua and instead served as an independent before losing his seat in 2016 in the newly formed Dublin Rathdown constituency.
Mr Mathews had been fighting a battle with cancer. He passed away in St James hospital this morning.
Mr Mathews is survived by his wife Susan, four children and wide circle of relatives and friends.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he was "deeply saddened" by the news.
“I was deeply saddened to hear of the untimely death of former Dáil Deputy, Peter Mathews.
“Both as a member of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party, and subsequently as an Independent Deputy, Peter served his constituents with commitment and energy.
“The economic crisis prompted him to get involved in politics and he had very strongly held views on how that crisis, particularly in the banking sector, should be addressed.
“Peter Mathews bore his illness with courage and resilience. He was devoted to his family and it is to his wife Susan and their children that I express my deep condolences, on my own behalf and on behalf of the Fine Gael Party.”