President Michael D Higgins has paid tribute to playwright, storyteller and dramatist Eugene McCabe, who has died aged 90.

Mr McCabe was born in Glasgow in 1930 to Irish parents but he came to Ireland with his family in the 1940s.

His plays included 'King of the Castle' and a trilogy of television plays about Northern Ireland, which were broadcast by RTÉ in 1973.

In 1992 he published the novel 'Death and Nightingales'.

Mr McCabe received many awards for his work including the Irish Life Theatre Award in 1964 for 'King of the Castle', which was first produced that year by the Dublin Theatre Festival.

He also received the Legum Doctorate from University of Prince Edward Island, Canada, in 1990 and the Butler Literary Award for Prose from Irish American Cultural Institute in 2002.

He was a member of Aosdána, an Irish association of artists.

Mr McCabe is survived by his wife Margot, his children, Ruth, Marcus, Patrick and Stephen and his 13 grandchildren.

President Higgins said he learned of Mr McCabe's death with "deep regret and much sadness".

He said he will be "remembered for an outstanding contribution to Irish theatre, for his award-winning television plays and for a body of writing that confronted with courage issues in Irish society."

The Minister for Arts and Culture also paid tribute to Mr McCabe and said: "While he produced a great volume of literary works, he will probably be best remembered for his trilogy of plays which he wrote in the early seventies based on the differing traditions in Northern Ireland."

Catherin Martin added: "It is a day of great sadness for Ireland to lose such a talented writer after other great Irish artists that we have lost in recent times.