Former Fianna Fáil TD PJ Morley has died at the age of 81.

Mr Morley served as a Fianna Fáil TD in Mayo between 1977 and 1997.

He also served as a Senator between 1973 and 1977.

In a statement, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin expressed his sorrow saying he was "a very effective parliamentarian and he was a diligent worker, both in the Dáil and for the people of Mayo".

Mayo Fianna Fáil TD Dara Calleary said that Mr Morley was "an outstanding public representative with huge integrity".