Former senator, architect and writer Jack Fitzsimons has died at the age of 84.
 
Mr Fitzsimons came to prominence in the 1970s when his book 'Bungalow Bliss' was first published.

It contained more than 75 house designs and was credited with making the construction of homes more affordable, by reducing the prices people paid for professional plans.

In subsequent years, he responded to criticism of the housing that was generated as a result of his designs in another book, 'Bungalow Bashing'.

Based in Kells, Co Meath, he also served as a Fianna Fáil senator from 1983 to 1989. 

Mr Fitzsimons resigned from the party following the 1989 election and went on to sit on Meath County Council as an independent member.

He was a vocal opponent of hare coursing and set out his political views in the 1992 book 'Democracy Be Damned'.
 
Mr Fitzsimons is survived by his wife Ann and five children.