Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has paid tribute to Gerard Brady, a former TD and Minister from the party, who died today.

He said Mr Brady was "a dedicated public servant and true gentleman. He was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 1977 and had a long and distinguished career in national politics".

Mr Brady was born in Dublin in 1936 and served as Minister for Education as well as Minister of State at the Department of the Environment.

"Gerard put environmental issues to the fore. He was ahead of his time in this regard," said Mr Martin.

"As an optician by trade he would dedicate a month of his year travelling to Africa for humanitarian work. Over his lifetime he gave over many months volunteering in Sierra Leone, Uganda, and many other African countries using his skills as an optician to help those less fortunate.

"On my own personal behalf and on behalf of the Fianna Fáil organisation I want to extend my deepest condolences to Gerard's wife Antoinette, children Natalie, Cormac, Kieran, and Brian.

"Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam."