Former US ambassador Rooney dies at age of 84
Taoiseach Enda Kenny led tributes last night to former US ambassador to Ireland and Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, who died at the age of 84.
Mr Rooney was appointed as US ambassador in 2009 by former US president Barack Obama.
He was sworn in by then secretary of state Hillary Clinton and remained in the post until 2012, when he resigned to help Mr Obama campaign for re-election.
"I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dan Rooney. Dan was a personal friend of mine and the proudest Irish supporter of the Pittsburgh Steelers," Mr Kenny said.
"During his time as American ambassador to Ireland Dan visited every county in Ireland and his work brought both the United States and Ireland closer together.
"Dan was a founding president of the Ireland Fund. He leaves a massive legacy."
Mr Rooney was born in Pittsburgh in 1932. He married Patricia Regan in 1952 and the couple had nine children.