Fianna Fáil Leader, Micheál Martin TD, has expressed his sorrow at the passing of former TD PJ Morley.
Mr Morley served as a Fianna Fáil TD in Mayo between 1977 and 1997, he also served as a Senator between 1973 and 1977.
Deputy Martin commented: “I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of PJ today. I served as a TD with PJ and he was a wonderful colleague.
“PJ was a very effective parliamentarian and he was a diligent worker, both in the Dáil and for the people of Mayo. He was a quiet and unassuming person but a very efficient TD.
“On behalf of myself and the Fianna Fáil party, I would to extend my deepest sympathies to PJ’s wife Mary, sons Patrick, Enda and Brian, daughter Cathy, all his grandchildren as well as PJ’s extended family and his network of friends.
Mayo Fianna Fáil TD, Dara Calleary added: “PJ was an outstanding public representative with huge integrity. He was instrumental in securing Government support for Knock airport. His influence on that project was hugely significant and the delivery of an airport for the West will have a lasting legacy.
“In keeping with his character, PJ was always very modest about his considerable input into the project. He was also responsible for many more developments of a similar nature.
“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.”