Fianna Fail leader Miceal Martin has led the tributes to former TD and Minister Noel Davern who died over the weekend.
Mr Davern was a hugely popular and widely respected TD who represented South Tipperary for a total of 32 years.
He was a former Minister for Education and junior minister in the Department of Agriculture.
Party leader Micheal Martin said: “Noel had a great sense of community representation and public service, which is not hard to understand given his family’s legacy in public service over many years.
“Noel was known in politics for his kind nature and good sense of humour.
“He was a passionate public servant who never shied away from representing his constituents at a local, national or European level.”
Mr Davern (67) also served in the European Parliament from 1979 to ‘84.
From Tannersrath, Clonmel, Mr Davern is survived by his wife Anne Marie, sons Don and Marc and daughter Davina.
Both his father Michael and brother Don were also TDs - Don also served as Junior Minister for Agriculture.
Noel Davern was first elected to Dail Eireann in 1969.
He is also a former member of South Tipperary County Council and served as chairman of that body.
Mr Davern was the standard-bearer for Fianna Fail in South Tipperary for decades.
His sudden death has shocked family, friends and colleagues