The family of the late TD Shane McEntee have urged people to look out for their family and friends who may be experiencing difficulties.

At the inquest in Navan into the death of the former Fine Gael junior minister, his brother Alan said the last ten months had been very difficult for the family and the pain was "not going away".

He added: "If one good thing comes from Shane's death is that people look out for one another, people they live with, people they work with and people they play with.

"If you see a friend in difficulty, take them by the hand and seek help."

The inquest into the death of Mr McEntee was told by Sergeant Mark Tobin that he received a call at 10.30am on 21 December last that there had been a sudden death at the McEntee home near Nobber.

He arrived shortly after 11am and saw Mr McEntee's body on the ground.

He was at the back near an oil tank that had a loose wire hanging down from it.

Local doctor Martin White had pronounced Mr McEntee dead at the scene.

HIs brother Larry McEntee told the inquest that he arrived at the house shortly after 11am and he identified his brother's remains to gardaí.

Consultant pathologist Dr Muna Sabah said she carried out the post mortem examination on Mr McEntee's body.

She said there was ligature mark around his neck, but no other injuries. There was no alcohol or drugs present in his body.

In her view, death was asphyxia due to a ligature.

Coroner Dr Mary Flanagan returned a verdict of asphyxia by ligature.

She extended her sympathies to the family of Mr McEntee as did inspector Martina Noonan.

The McEntee family expressed their appreciation to all those who had supported them and to those involved in the inquest.