Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said he is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of his former colleague and "very good friend" Donal Moynihan.

Mr Moynihan was a native of Gort na Scairte, between Ballymakeera and Coolea, in west Co Cork.

He was a lifelong member of Fianna Fáil and a former councillor and TD.

He was first elected to Cork County Council in 1970, being co-opted to fill the council seat held by his father Jamie since the foundation of the state.

He went on to represent Cork North-West in Dáil Éireann, serving as TD between 1982 and 1989 and 1992 and 2007.

Mr Martin said: "I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of my very good friend Donal Moynihan. Donal was a passionate and deeply committed public representative. His service to, and love of, his community was deeply impressive and unmatched,"

His son Aindrias Moynihan is a current Fianna Fáil TD in Cork North West.