Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has said “Ireland has lost an iconic broadcaster with the death of Bill O’Herlihy.”
Deputy Martin said: “I want to express my deepest condolences to Bill’s wife, his daughters, colleagues and friends. Bill was part of all our lives for so long. He has been a cornerstone of RTE’s sports coverage, not just covering soccer but Olympics and many other sports. He was truly iconic and had an early life in current affairs before going on to anchor some of best sporting coverage in Europe and across the world, giving fond memories to families across the country.
“It was with great shock and sadness that I learned today of Bill’s passing. He was a great advocate for sport and brought huge energy and commitment to his work.
“Bill was a very humorous, good natured personality and I know his passing will be an enormous loss.
“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.”