The death has been announced of Mrs Eithne Kenny, mother of the Taoiseach.

Mrs Kenny (nee McGinley), who was 93, was born in Glencolmcille, Co Donegal.

She died in Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar this morning surrounded by her family.

Mrs Kenny had been actively involved in the political life of the county for the past 60 years and was described by friends as a woman of great spirit, encouragement and generosity.

She took an active role in her son Enda's political career and was said to be delighted when he became Taoiseach.

Mrs Kenny is predeceased by her husband Henry, who died in 1975, and is survived by her four sons - John, Henry, Enda and Ciaran and daughter Marie.

Government and political leaders have extended their condolences to the Kenny family.

Fine Gael Parliamentary Party Chairman Charlie Flanagan also offered his sympathy to the Taoiseach and the Kenny family.

Mr Flanagan said: "The thoughts and prayers of the entire Parliamentary Party are with them all during this difficult time".

Tanáiste and Labour Party Leader Eamon Gilmore has offered his sympathies to the Taoiseach and the Kenny family.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams also offered their condolences to the family.