The death has taken place of long-standing public representative Davy Daniels who was a member of Waterford local authorities since 1974.

Mr Daniels died less than two years since his last term as mayor of the Waterford metropolitan area, his third stint in that role.

He was first elected to Waterford Corporation more than 48 years ago and since then sat on various iterations, including Waterford City Council and Waterford City and County Council, as an independent member.

Friend and long-time colleague current Mayor of Waterford City and County Cllr John O'Leary, said Mr Daniels always prioritised the future of the area's development and worked closely with communities, charities, business groups and residents' associations.

"As a man who loved sport, Davy was committed to the enhancement and provision of sporting amenities," Cllr O'Leary said.

"He derived great pleasure when a sports club secured a new pitch, ground or changing facilities. He played an integral part in the development of the Regional Sports Centre, Williamstown Sport Complex, and the People's Park, being only too well aware of the benefits that sport can bring to individuals and groups," he added.

Mr Daniels was also a "passionate advocate" of the arts and culture scene, according to the Mayor, and always protective of Waterford's theatrical, musical and visual arts communities.

Chief Executive of Waterford City and County Council Michael Walsh also paid tribute to the long-serving city-based councillor.

"Davy was first elected in 1974 and in the intervening years, he never lost the spark or passion, and that’s what made him a great public representative," he said.

"He was committed to the betterment of Waterford, be it through economic development, education, social and cultural enhancement, and the promotion of our tourism and archaeological heritage. He never stopped beating the drum for his native city," he addied.

Mr Daniels Daniels is survived by his wife Mary, sons Liam and David, grandchildren and a wide circle of relatives, friends and colleagues.

Books of condolence are available to sign at City Hall on The Mall in Waterford city and the Civic Offices in Dungarvan from this afternoon, and online.