The death has taken place in Limerick of Nora Bennis, who was a well known campaigner on pro-life issues and an advocate of traditional catholic values.

She was 78.

Ms Bennis also stood for election in both the European and General Elections in 1994 and in 2016.

In the mid 1990's, she hit national headlines when she asked the public to boycott a sex shop which had opened on Limerick's Ellen Street, and staged a protest outside the shop where she lead her supporters saying the rosary.

She also initiated a group called the Irish mothers working in the home association after the X case reopened the national abortion debate in 1992.

She stood in the European elections in 1994 securing over 18,000 votes, and also stood in the General Election in 2016 in the Limerick city constituency.

She was married to the late Gerry Bennis who was very well known in GAA circles in Limerick, who was a brother of both Richie and Phil Bennis who were on the 1973 All-Ireland winning hurling team.

She is survived by her three daughters and a son.