Fianna Fáil Leader, Micheál Martin has expressed his sadness at the passing of former Senator, Des Hanafin, who died today at the age of 86.

“Des was a man steeped in politics and community who served as a member of Seanad Éireann and North Tipperary County Council for over 30 years having first being elected to the County Council in 1955 and Seanad Éireann in 1965.

“His dedication to public service was passed onto both his children: John and Mary, who both went into public life serving as a Senator and as a Government Minister respectively. I know that seeing both his children achieve high office was a source of great pride to him.

“I want to express my deepest sympathies to Des’ loving wife, Mona and to his children, at this sad time.

“Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam dhílis.”