Tributes have flooded in for "terrific actor" Niall Tóibín following his passing at the age of 89 on Wednesday.

The actor, who is best known for his work on Borstal Boy, as well as playing Tom Cruise's father in Far & Away and Judge Ballaugh in Veronica Guerin, has been widely praised.

President Michael D Higgins paid tribute to Tóibín and praised his "unforgettable performances in all of the Irish theatres".

Dee Forbes, Director-General, RTÉ, said Tóibín "became, ultimately, a familiar face on RTÉ to generations of Irish people."

"Niall Tóibín started acting in the 1950s and spent fourteen great years with the Radio Éireann Players. He became, ultimately, a familiar face on RTÉ to generations of Irish people." 

"A proud Corkman, he was as at home in film as on the stage, and an especially entertaining guest on many Late Late Shows over the years. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam."

The Gate Theatre said they are "deeply saddened to hear of the passing of legendary actor Niall Tóibín".

Actress Victoria Smurfit, who starred in Ballykissangel alongside Tóibín, said the actor "kept us on our toes" on set every day.

Former Mrs. Brown's Boys star and entertainer Rory Cowan hailed Tóibín as a "terrific actor".

Actor Gavin O'Connor praised Tóibín for being a "wonderful mentor" and said he "learned a lot" working alongside him during Borstal Boy.

Actor and writer Jonathan White said he owes his career to the Tóibín and said he "showed me the view from a Broadway stage & changed my world".

The Irish Film Institute (IFI) said they are "very sorry" to hear about the passing of "the great" actor.

Minister for Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, said Tóibín "was a uniquely talented performer, lighthearted, funny, sharp-witted and intensely powerful both as an actor and comedian."