Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin TD has paid tribute to Professor Gerry O’Sullivan of the Cork Cancer Research Centre and the Mercy University Hospital, Cork.

He commented, “Ireland has lost a great thinker and innovator with the death of Professor O’Sullivan.  His work in setting up and directing the Cork Cancer Research Centre is an immense legacy and one that will continue to help people suffering from cancer for many years to come.

“It was my great privilege to work with Professor O’Sullivan while Minister for Health, when he was a major influence and guide for me as we sought to positively transform cancer care in the country.

“He was an outstanding clinician and possessed a dogged determination to improve the research, understanding and treatment of cancer.  With more than 200 publications to his name, nine postgraduate qualifications, seven patents and personal responsibility for no fewer than 11 new surgical techniques, he was a genuinely major figure in his field.

He will be sadly missed by his wife Breda, daughter Orla, sons Gearóid and Eoghan as well as his many friends and colleagues in Cork and further afield. On behalf of the entire Fianna Fáil movement, I offer my condolences to his family and our thanks for his lifetime of service to the community.”