Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has expressed his sympathy to the family and friends of Micheál Ryan, who died tragically in yesterday’s Ethiopian Airlines plane crash.

Deputy Martin said, “It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Micheál Ryan who was on board the Ethiopian Airlines flight. From all of the wonderful reports yesterday evening and this morning, we know that he was a man who was dedicated to making a difference in all aspects of his life.

“Micheál embodied what it is to be a humanitarian; he was compassionate, selfless, determined and talented. As we heard from Micheál’s mother, he was a continually enthusiastic person who lit up a room when he entered it.

“On behalf of myself and the Fianna Fáil organisation I want to extend my deepest sympathies to Micheál’s family, many friends and colleagues.

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dhílis.”