A garda who was seriously injured in an IRA bombing in 1976 has died.

Tom Peters was one of five gardaí who went to a farmhouse in Co Laois following reports that IRA members were assembling a bomb there ahead of an assassination attempt on TD Oliver J Flanagan, father of current Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan.

Detective Garda Peters, Detective Garda Ben Thornton, Garda Gerry Bohan and Garda Michael Clerkin were caught in an explosion as they entered the house at Garryhinch.

Garda Clerkin, 24, was killed and Det Garda Peters was blinded and lost his hearing as a result of the blast.

All five men were awarded the Gold Scott medal for bravery last year.

Det Garda Peters died yesterday following a short illness.

He is predeceased by his son Dick and survived by his wife Betty and daughters Elma and Breidette.

The Garda Representative Association said: "His sacrifice will never be forgotten by his family, Garda colleagues and friends."

Minister Flanagan also paid tribute.

He tweeted: "Very sorry to learn of the sad passing of courageous Garda Tom Peters."

A statement from An Garda Síochána said the force was saddened at his passing.

"Tom was badly injured on 16 October 1976, when he and four other gardaí were victims of bomb planted at a vacant house in Garryhinch on the Laois/Offaly border.

"The courage shown by Tom Peters and his colleagues, Jim Cannon, Ben Thornton, Gerry Bohan and Michael Clerkin, who lost his life that night, was recognised in December 2017 when they were presented with the Gold Scott medal by the then Garda commissioner."