The death has taken place, after an illness, of journalist John Cunningham. He was 66.

A Tuam native, Mr Cunningham was editor of the Connacht Tribune newspaper from 1984 to 2007.

He had also worked as editor for the Waterford News and Star from 1982 to 1984.

In 2006, he was conferred with an Honorary MA degree at NUI Galway for his contribution to regional and national journalism and for his role as lecturer of journalism at the college.

Mr Cunningham was also a regular contributor to RTÉ current affairs programmes and on Galway Bay FM.

President Michael D Higgins said Mr Cunningham will be remembered as someone who took a genuine interest in local events and represented all with balance and fairness.

He said his work in training young journalists at NUI was of immense importance and his contributions to RTÉ over the years, on regional events, were as enjoyable as they were incisive.

The Taoiseach paid tribute to Mr Cunninghan in the Dáil this morning.

Enda Kenny said Mr Cunningham understood the changing face of Ireland and articulated it with great truth and courage.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said Mr Cunningham will be missed, not only for his depth of knowledge and understanding of local politics, but also for his good humour and approachability.

Mr Cunningham is survived by his wife Nuala and his four sons Shane, Gary, Ivor and Enda.