Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has paid tribute to the late Joe McDonagh following his death.
Deputy Martin said, “I was saddened to learn of the passing of former GAA President Joe McDonagh. He made an enormous contribution to the GAA both on and off the pitch over the course of his life. Joe was held in high regard amongst his friends and colleagues in the GAA and he played an important role in developing the organisation right across the country.
“Joe also made a significant contribution to vocational education and he advanced a number of innovative policies during his time as CEO of the VEC. He was also passionate about the Irish language and sought to develop the language both within the GAA and further afield. He was dedicated to his native Ballinderreen and was proud of his local community which he always spoke dearly of.
“We will all miss Joe’s unique character and his commitment in the cultural, educational and sporting world. My sympathies go to his wife Peig, his children and entire circle of family and friends at this difficult time.
“Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.”