Tributes have been paid to the country's oldest public representative, who has turned 91 today.

Independent Councillor Ian McGarvey was first elected to Donegal County Council in 2004, when he was 73 years old.

Tributes were paid to Cllr McGarvey in the Seanad this week.

Cathaoirleach Mark Daly told members that Mr McGarvey became chair of his local Council at 82, making him Ireland's oldest Mayor.

"He's still hearty and doing all the work and will no doubt be at meetings all day today so, I wish Ian McGarvey a very happy birthday," he told the house.

Speaking to RTÉ News this evening, Cllr McGarvey said that he would not be hosting a party to mark the milestone.

"I have a party for my 90th and that's enough," he said.

Before politics, Cllr McGarvey worked in construction, but spent much of his life helping his local community.

"Maintaining the confidence and trust of the people who elected me is most important," he said.

Asked if he would seek re-election in the next locals, he said: "wouldn't I love to stand another time".

Cllr McGarvey and his wife Marjorie recently marked their 67th wedding anniversary.

He is passionate about the area of planning and development, and is among those campaigning for 100% redress for those whose homes are affected by Mica.