Fianna Fáil Leader, Micheál Martin TD has said that following the death of Anthony Cronin, Ireland has lost one of her greatest wordsmiths.

“Anthony Cronin was a lover of reason and of language, and this shone through in each and every publication that bore his name.”

“A barrister by training, his passion for language, and all its intricacies and beauty, brought him into the company of some of Ireland’s leading writers, academics and intellectuals ensuring that all of us would benefit from his prowess as a wordsmith.”

“His contribution to the arts, through his own writings, and through his work as Cultural Advisor to former Taoiseach, Charles Haughey will be felt for generations to come.”

“His support and hard work was also crucial in the establishment of Aosdana, in 1981.”

“I want to express my deepest condolences to his wife Anne Haverty, and his daughter, Sarah. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam dhílis agus uilig,” concluded Martin.