The death has occurred for former Kildare TD and long-serving county councillor Michael Fitzpatrick.
The former Fianna Fail deputy, who lost his seat in the last election, passed away overnight. He had suffered from moto
The Cavan native was a former Kildare mayor who was first elected to the Dail in 2007. The former garda was stationed for a long period in Robertstown, and is remembered for his involvement in local community activities.
Fianna Fail has cancelled its annual Wolfe Tone commemoration, which was due to take place in Sallins this Sunday, as a mark of respect to Mr Fitzpatrick.
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin, TD, said he was deeply saddened at the news.
“Michael was a true gentleman. He never took for granted the honour of being a member of Dáil Éireann. His honesty and generosity of spirit earned him the respect of all sides of the House. He will be sadly missed,” he said.
Mr Fitzpatrick’s funeral will take place on Sunday to Allenwood church at 10am, followed by burial at Allen cemetery. He is survived by his son Darragh, also a former councillor, and wife Maureen.