The well-known business consultant and former solicitor James Osborne has died at the age 68 in Donegal.

Mr Osborne was a director of Ryanair and a former chairman of Independent News and Media.

He was highly regarded as a non-executive director of a number of well-known companies.

At the time of his death he was chairman of Eason and had been serving on boards including Carrolls Holdings, Golden Vale and Adare.

He was also a former managing partner of A&L Goodbody solicitors.

He was close to the late Ryanair founder Tony Ryan and was legal advisor to Mr Ryan's Guinness Peat Aviation.

When chairman of INM, he was voted off the board after less than a year as Denis O'Brien wrested control of the media group from Tony O'Reilly.

Mr Osborne is survived by his partner and family