The death has been announced of the former Fine Gael TD for Limerick Tom O'Donnell. 

He was 94-years-old.

During his time in politics, Mr O’Donnell also served as an MEP and Minister for Gaeltacht in the Fine Gael/Labour coalition government lead by Liam Cosgrave between 1973 and 1977. 

Mr O'Donnell was in public life for over 30 years, and retired from politics in 1989.

President Michael D Higgins paid tribute to Tom O'Donnell, describing him as an "outstanding public representative who served his constituents as a TD and MEP for almost three decades and continued working for his community in a variety of voluntary roles after his retirement from politics".

He said Mr O'Donnell "provided true leadership in relation to the Gaeltacht, immersing himself in the Irish language in order to be able to fully appreciate the community whose interests he was appointed to represent at the cabinet table.

"During his Ministry the Gaeltacht saw dramatic improvements in infrastructure and employment levels."

Former taoiseach John Bruton also paid tribute to Mr O’Donnell.

In a statement, Mr Bruton said: "Tom was a man of great warmth and conviction. He retained a youthful enthusiasm for all the causes in which he was involved, right up to end of his life. He never wavered.

Mr O’Donnell is survived by his wife Helen and son Thomas.