Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has paid tribute to Christine Buckley who died in Dublin this morning.

Deputy Martin said: “I was shocked and deeply saddened to learn this morning of the death of Christine Buckley.

“Christine was a tireless campaigner for survivors of abuse.  As Minister for Education, I had the privilege of working closely with Christine and other survivors from Goldenbridge.  They made a personal impact on me that remains with me to this day.  Her unwavering courage and her singular determination to uncover institutional abuse was a catalyst in my decision to establish the Lafoy – Ryan Commission.

“Christine’s tireless efforts to campaign for other victims of abuse led her to establishing the Aislinn Centre.  Her vision was to provide a safe environment where victims of abuse could be heard and supported.  The centre has helped thousands of people and continues to provide essential counselling and support for abuse survivors and their families.

“I believe Christine will have a lasting place in Irish history as someone whose bravery and commitment to justice led to significant and permanent change.

“On my own personal behalf and on behalf of the Fianna Fáil organisation I want to extend my deepest condolences to Christine’s husband Donal and their children Darragh, Conor and Cliona.”