Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has expressed his sympathy following the death of former Minister Martin O’Donoghue.

Deputy Martin said, “I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former Minister Martin O’Donoghue.

“I knew Martin and he was a true gentleman.  He was a committed public representative who had a long and distinguished career in national politics. An economic advisor to Taoiseach Jack Lynch prior to his first election to Dáil Éireann, he was elected to the Dáil in 1977 representing the constituency of Dún Laoghaire until 1982. He was subsequently elected to Seanad Éireann in 1983 where he remained in office until 1987.

“In recognition of his abilities, Martin was appointed to serve as Minister on his first day in the Dáil. He was Minister for Economic Planning and Development from 1977 to 1979 and helped steer Ireland through a challenging economic environment. Martin was widely respected as having a commanding knowledge of his brief. He was subsequently appointed Minister for Education in 1982.

“Martin also had a highly successful career outside of national politics. He was a Professor of Economics in Trinity College Dublin until his retirement in 1995. Martin later went on to become a Director of the Central Bank of Ireland from 1998 to 2008.

“On my own personal behalf and on behalf of the Fianna Fáil organisation I want to extend my deepest condolences to Martin’s wife Evelyn, children Audrey, Raphael and Tressan and brother Tom.

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”