Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has expressed his sadness at the death of Fr. Joseph Mallin who has passed away at his home in Hong Kong.

“Fr. Mallin, as the last surviving child of an executed leader of the Easter 1916 Rising, was a tangible connection to one of the defining moments of our country’s history. The fact that he has passed away at Easter adds extra poignancy.

“Fr. Mallin was one of a generation of committed, loyal and compassionate Irish missionaries who made an enormous contribution around the world and he remained proud throughout his life of his father’s role in his country’s formation.

“I was honoured to meet with and talk to Fr Mallin while Minister for Enterprise on a trade visit to Hong Kong some years ago.

“On my own behalf and on behalf of the Fianna Fáil party, I would like to extend sympathy to his entire family and circle of friends.

“Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam dhílis.”