Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has expressed his deep sadness at the passing of Dublin GAA icon Kevin Heffernan.

Deputy Martin commented: “It is with great sadness that I learned of the untimely death of Kevin Heffernan, who was an iconic figure in GAA circles. Kevin will be remembered for his inspirational leadership of the great Dublin team of the 1970s and commitment to his club St Vincent’s.

“He raised the bar in GAA, introduced a new level of professionalism and whenever Gaelic football is played, his name will be remembered with great affection and respect.

“Only recently, I enjoyed reading about his role as manager of the International Rules team during the 1980s in Teddy McCarthy’s book where Heffo’s character and professionalism shines through.

“I extend my deepest sympathies to Kevin’s wife Mary, his daughter Orla as well as his wider family and network of friends.

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”