Former Fianna Fáil TD Bobby Aylward has died at the age of 67 following an illness.

Mr Aylward was a deputy for the Carlow-Kilkenny constituency between 2007 and 2011 and from 2015 to 2020.

He was also a former member and chairman of Kilkenny County Council as well as a farmer.

Commenting on his passing, Taoiseach and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said he was "deeply saddened to learn of the death of my very good friend Bobby Aylward," describing him as "a deeply committed public representative".

Mr Martin said that Mr Aylward was "tireless" in his efforts on behalf of his constituents.

"Bobby continued the strong Aylward tradition of hard work, delivery and representation for his constituents and gave a tremendous amount to the people of Carlow-Kilkenny over the years."

Mr Aylward's father Bob was a Senator from 1973 until his death in 1974, while his brother Liam, a former Minister of State, represented Kilkenny for 30 years, until he retired from national politics in 2007. A nephew, Eamon, currently sits on Kilkenny County Council.

The Taoiseach expressed his sympathies to the late politician's wife Helen, children Bob, Mark and Triona, and extended family members and friends.

Bobby Aylward was originally from Mullinavat in south Kilkenny and a long-standing member of the Ballyhale Shamrocks GAA club.