President Michael D Higgins has expressed his "deepest support and condolences" to all those impacted by the deaths of two men in Sligo earlier this week.

Aidan Moffitt, 41, and Michael Snee, 58, were found dead in their homes in the town earlier in the week.

A 22-year-old man has been charged with their murders.

Mr Moffitt was a prominent businessman and a Fine Gael activist while Mr Snee worked as a care assistant.

In a statement, President Higgins said "it is greatly heartening to see the outpouring of solidarity" with the LGBTQI+ community.

He said "this will have provided comfort to many people in what is a time of great distress".

Thousands of people attended vigils yesterday in memory of the two men, with more than 30 events organised in Sligo and other towns and cities.

Many of the gatherings were organised by local LGBT groups.

In Dublin, a large crowd assembled at the gates of the Dáil to hear speeches in tribute. A choir sang as scores of rainbow flags were held aloft.

Further vigils will take place this evening in counties Wicklow, Donegal, Galway and Kildare.

Memorials to remember the two victims are being organised in other counties early next week.