Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has paid tribute to Irish poet John Montague, describing him as a gentleman and a scholar.

Deputy Martin said, “It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of John Montague this afternoon.  He was a man of exceptional talent with a unique command of the English language and his loss will be greatly felt both here in Ireland and abroad.   On a personal level, it was a great privilege for me to have attended his lectures as a student in University College Cork.

“John Montague was influential in nurturing a new generation of poets in Ireland in the 1970s and his legacy will live on long after his death.

“I want to extend my sympathies to his wife Elizabeth and his daughters Sibyl and Oonagh.

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam”.