One of President Michael D Higgins' dogs has died.

On the President's online newsletter a photo of President Higgins, along with the Bernese Mountain Dog, was posted with the announcement that "Síoda has passed away, after a short illness".

President Higgins has another Bernese Mountain Dog called Bród.

Both the dogs have featured in many photos at Áras an Uachtaráin welcoming dignitaries, world leaders and guests to the home of the President.

Meghan Markle, Sabina Higgins, President Michael D Higgins and Prince Harry
Children at Áras and Uachtaráin with Síoda for the unveiling of Dearcan na nDaoine
World Rowing Championships stars Gary O'Donovan, Paul O'Donovan, with President Michael D Higgins Síoda and Bród