The death has taken place of former Fianna Fáil minister and TD Paddy Power.

He was 84.

Mr Power died at his home in Caragh, Naas, Co Kildare today.

A former national school teacher, Mr Power was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a TD for Kildare in 1969.

He held a number of ministerial portfolios, including Minister for Defence, Minister for Fisheries & Forestry and Minister for Trade, Commerce & Tourism.

Mr Power was also a member of the European Parliament from 1977 to 1979 and served on Kildare County Council.

His son Seán was a former Fianna Fáil TD and Minister of State.

Another son, JJ, served as a Green Party Councillor on Kildare County Council and Naas Town Council.

Paddy Power is survived by his wife, Kitty, children JJ, Mary, Gerry, Brendan, Seán, Patsy, Tony, Enda, Rosario and Loreto and extended family.