Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has paid tribute to former TD for Dublin South Peter Mathews, who died last night at the age of 65.

Deputy Martin commented, “I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Peter following his battle with cancer. Peter was a gentleman who was considerate, compassionate and a hard worker. He was great company and always had time for everyone.

“Peter had a highly successful career before entering politics. He was well known due to his regular media appearances where he provided detailed and insightful analysis on economic and financial issues. He was well respected in his field and continued to play an analytical role while in politics.

“Peter was elected to the Dáil for the first time in 2011 and was determined to leave his mark on national politics. He was truly honoured to represent the people of Dublin South. He was a diligent and dedicated public representative who worked tirelessly on behalf of his constituents. Peter was a principled man who was not afraid to stand up for what he believed in.

“I want to extend my deepest sympathies to Peter’s wife Susan, their four children, extended family and friends.  Ar dheis  go raibh a anam.”