One of the best known figures in the Irish military has died aged 90.

Colonel E D (Ned) Doyle from Clondalkin in Dublin was a former Director of Signals in the Defence Forces. He also worked as an intelligence officer and spent a period in the Observer Corps.

Col Doyle enlisted in the Defence Forces in September 1943 and served on several overseas missions including the Congo, Cyprus and the Middle East.

After retirement he was a military analyst with the Irish Times, and contributed to numerous RTÉ programmes.

He attended the annual State commemoration of 1916 at Arbour Hill earlier this month.

Col Doyle, whose wife Betty predeceased him, is survived by his six children Ciarán, Patricia, Etain, Brendan, Geraldine and Martin, and his brother Seán.