Former Ceann Comhairle and Fianna Fáil minister Pádraig Faulkner has died aged 94.

He represented Louth in Dáil Éireann for 30 years and was originally a primary school teacher

He became a parliamentary secretary, or junior minister, in 1965.

He was appointed to Cabinet in 1968 and served in several ministries including Education, Posts and Telegraphs and Defence.

Mr Faulkner was Ceann Comhairle of the Dáil in 1980/1981.

He was appointed to the Council of State by President Hillery in 1990.