President leads tributes to 'extraordinary' talent
PRESIDENT Mary McAleese last night described Gerry Ryan as an "extraordinarily talented broadcaster" with unique communication skills and a larger-than-life persona.
The President led the tributes to the RTE presenter and the expressions of condolences to his family, as she said she learned with great sadness of his death.
"His untimely death will be widely mourned, by his fellow colleagues at RTE and his many fans, but most especially by his family and friends, who are in my thoughts and prayers," she said. Taoiseach Brian Cowen described Ryan as a "household name and a broadcaster of immense talent and popularity".
He was one of the "greats of modern Irish broadcasting, on radio and television", he said.
Mr Cowen said that Ryan was an informed, intelligent, forthright and articulate broadcaster.
"As a man, he was generous, famously irreverent and witty."